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Sarah Forrester PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
368 Plantation Street AS6-1075
Worcester MA 01605
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMasters in Clinical Investigation

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMD/PhD Program

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentPostbaccalaureate Research Education Program

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    Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN, United StatesBSPsychology
    Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, United StatesMSPsychology
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, United StatesPHDPsychiatric Epidemiology

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    Sarah Forrester is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. Her research is in two primary focus areas – 1. understanding and preventing health inequities to improve the health of Black populations; and 2. how stress and biology interact to create health inequities. Dr. Forrester is particularly interested in inequitable social determinants of health due to structural inequalities and systemic racism’s effect on cardiovascular disease outcomes, cognitive function, and overall health in later life. Dr. Forrester is currently doing health inequity prevention work by using storytelling as an intervention to increase the participation of Black and Hispanic persons in COVID research.

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    1. Bancks MP, Byrd GS, Caban-Holt A, Fitzpatrick AL, Forrester SN, Hayden KM, Heckbert SR, Kershaw KN, Rapp SR, Sachs BC, Hughes TM. Self-reported experiences of discrimination and incident dementia. Alzheimers Dement. 2023 07; 19(7):3119-3128. PMID: 36724324.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Forrester SN, Whitfield KE, Kiefe CI, Thorpe RJ. Navigating Black Aging: The Biological Consequences of Stress and Depression. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2022 Nov 23; 77(11):2101-2112. PMID: 34875069.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Kim K, Zheng Y, Joyce BT, Jiang H, Greenland P, Jacobs DR, Zhang K, Liu L, Allen NB, Wilkins JT, Forrester SN, Lloyd-Jones DM, Hou L. Relative contributions of six lifestyle- and health-related exposures to epigenetic aging: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. Clin Epigenetics. 2022 07 07; 14(1):85. PMID: 35799271.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    4. Castaneda-Avila MA, Baek J, Epstein MM, Forrester SN, Ortiz AP, Lapane KL. Association Between Body Mass Index and Cancer Screening Adherence Among Latinas in the United States and Puerto Rico. Womens Health Rep (New Rochelle). 2022; 3(1):552-562. PMID: 37096019.
    5. Beccia AL, Austin SB, Baek J, Ag?nor M, Forrester S, Ding EY, Jesdale WM, Lapane KL. Cumulative exposure to state-level structural sexism and risk of disordered eating: Results from a 20-year prospective cohort study. Soc Sci Med. 2022 05; 301:114956. PMID: 35436662.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Forrester SN, McManus DD, Saczynski JS, Pierre-Louis IC, Bamgbade BA, Kiefe CI. A cross-sectional analysis of racial differences in accelerated aging and cognitive function among patients with atrial fibrillation: The SAGE-AF study: Forrester, Accelerated aging and cognitive function. EClinicalMedicine. 2021 Sep; 39:101060. PMID: 34386761.
    7. Forrester S, Mbrah A, Lapane KL. A Latent Approach to Understanding Pain in Nursing Home Residents Who are Unable to Self-Report Pain. J Pain Res. 2021; 14:2283-2293. PMID: 34345184.
    8. Forrester SN. Residential Segregation and COVID-19: A "Twindemic" We Can't Afford to Ignore. Med Care. 2021 06 01; 59(6):467-469. PMID: 33797508.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    9. Walubita T, Forrester SN, Jesdale BM. Allostatic Load Among Black Sexual Minority Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021 08; 30(8):1165-1170. PMID: 34030488.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Walubita T, Beccia A, Boama-Nyarko E, Goulding M, Herbert C, Kloppenburg J, Mabry G, Masters G, McCullers A, Forrester S. Aging and COVID-19 in Minority Populations: a Perfect Storm. Curr Epidemiol Rep. 2021; 8(2):63-71. PMID: 33747713.
    11. Forrester SN, Zmora R, Schreiner PJ, Jacobs DR, Roger VL, Thorpe RJ, Kiefe CI. Accelerated aging: A marker for social factors resulting in cardiovascular events? SSM Popul Health. 2021 Mar; 13:100733. PMID: 33532540.
    12. Forrester SN, Zmora R, Schreiner PJ, Jacobs DR, Roger VL, Thorpe RJ, Kiefe CI. Racial differences in the association of accelerated aging with future cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality: the coronary artery risk development in young adults study, 2007-2018. Ethn Health. 2022 07; 27(5):997-1009. PMID: 33222499.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Morrison R, Jesdale B, Dube C, Forrester S, Nunes A, Bova C, Lapane KL. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Staff-Assessed Pain Behaviors Among Newly Admitted Nursing Home Residents. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 03; 61(3):438-448.e3. PMID: 32882357.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Yaffe K, Bahorik AL, Hoang TD, Forrester S, Jacobs DR, Lewis CE, Lloyd-Jones DM, Sidney S, Reis JP. Cardiovascular risk factors and accelerated cognitive decline in midlife: The CARDIA Study. Neurology. 2020 08 18; 95(7):e839-e846. PMID: 32669394.
      Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Bamgbade BA, Sanghai SR, McManus DD, Lessard D, Waring ME, Forrester S, Pierre-Louis I, Saczynski JS. Psychosocial and cognitive multimorbidity and health-related quality of life and symptom burden in older adults with atrial fibrillation: The systematic assessment of geriatric elements in atrial fibrillation (SAGE-AF) cohort study. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2020 Sep - Oct; 90:104117. PMID: 32474170.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Forrester SN, Taylor JL, Whitfield KE, Thorpe RJ. Advances in Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Health Disparities in Aging Minorities. Curr Epidemiol Rep. 2020 Jun; 7(2):59-67. PMID: 33868898.
    17. Mack DS, Jesdale BM, Ulbricht CM, Forrester SN, Michener PS, Lapane KL. Racial Segregation Across U.S. Nursing Homes: A Systematic Review of Measurement and Outcomes. Gerontologist. 2020 04 02; 60(3):e218-e231. PMID: 31141135.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Jesdale BM, Mack DS, Forrester SN, Lapane KL. Cancer Pain in Relation to Metropolitan Area Segregation and Nursing Home Racial and Ethnic Composition. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020 09; 21(9):1302-1308.e7. PMID: 32224259.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Forrester SN, Gallo JJ, Whitfield KE, Thorpe RJ. A Framework of Minority Stress: From Physiological Manifestations to Cognitive Outcomes. Gerontologist. 2019 11 16; 59(6):1017-1023. PMID: 30169640.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Whitfield KE, Forrester S, Thorpe RJ. A Comparison of Variances in Age Cohorts to Understand Longevity in African Americans. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019 11 13; 74(Suppl_1):S27-S31. PMID: 31724054.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Beccia AL, Baek J, Jesdale WM, Austin SB, Forrester S, Curtin C, Lapane KL. Risk of disordered eating at the intersection of gender and racial/ethnic identity among U.S. high school students. Eat Behav. 2019 08; 34:101299. PMID: 31153023.
      Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Forrester SN, Leoutsakos JM, Gallo JJ, Thorpe RJ, Seeman TE. Association between allostatic load and health behaviours: a latent class approach. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2019 04; 73(4):340-345. PMID: 30700494.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Forrester S, Jacobs D, Zmora R, Schreiner P, Roger V, Kiefe CI. Racial differences in weathering and its associations with psychosocial stress: The CARDIA study. SSM Popul Health. 2019 Apr; 7:003-3. PMID: 31294072.
    24. Forrester S. Perceived Stress: A Mechanism for Cognitive Decline Among Minorities? Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 01; 25(1):35-36. PMID: 27889284.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Forrester SN, Gallo JJ, Smith GS, Leoutsakos JM. Patterns of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Risk of Dementia. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2016 Feb; 24(2):117-25. PMID: 26209222.
      Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Leoutsakos JM, Forrester SN, Lyketsos CG, Smith GS. Latent Classes of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in NACC Controls and Conversion to Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia. J Alzheimers Dis. 2015; 48(2):483-93. PMID: 26402012.
      Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Leoutsakos JM, Forrester SN, Corcoran CD, Norton MC, Rabins PV, Steinberg MI, Tschanz JT, Lyketsos CG. Latent classes of course in Alzheimer's disease and predictors: the Cache County Dementia Progression Study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Aug; 30(8):824-32. PMID: 25363393.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Reinblatt SP, Leoutsakos JM, Mahone EM, Forrester S, Wilcox HC, Riddle MA. Association between binge eating and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in two pediatric community mental health clinics. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Jul; 48(5):505-11. PMID: 25130278.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Leoutsakos JM, Bartlett AL, Forrester SN, Lyketsos CG. Simulating effects of biomarker enrichment on Alzheimer's disease prevention trials: conceptual framework and example. Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Mar; 10(2):152-61. PMID: 23954029.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Leoutsakos JM, Han D, Mielke MM, Forrester SN, Tschanz JT, Corcoran CD, Green RC, Norton MC, Welsh-Bohmer KA, Lyketsos CG. Effects of general medical health on Alzheimer's progression: the Cache County Dementia Progression Study. Int Psychogeriatr. 2012 Oct; 24(10):1561-70. PMID: 22687143.
      Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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