Faculty Sketch

Sarah Fogel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Director, RN Pre-Specialty Program
Professor of Nursing



Current Research Interests

  • Sexual Minority Women and Obesity
  • Disclosure of sensitive information to healthcare providers
  • Parish Nursing


Representative Publications

Eliason, M. J., & Fogel, S. C. (2015). An Ecological Framework for Sexual Minority Women’s Health: Factors Associated with Greater Body Mass. Journal of Homosexuality. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2014.1003007


Fogel, S. C., Hande, K. A. & Kennedy, B. (2015). Transforming a Curriculum to Progress the Associate Degree Nurse to Advanced Practice. Nurse Educator, 40(5).


Fogel, S. C., & Eliason, M. (2016). Body size/weight. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (to be available online and in print in May, 2016). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.


Garbers, S., McDonnell, C., Fogel, S. C., Eliason, M., Ingraham, N., McElroy, J. A., Radix, A., & Haynes, S. G. (2015). Aging, Weight, and Health Among Adult Lesbian and Bisexual Women: A Metasynthesis of the Multisite ‘‘Healthy Weight Initiative’’ Focus Groups. LGBT Health. DOI: 10.1089/lgbt.2014.0082


Eliason, M. J, Ingraham, N., Fogel, S. C., McElroy, J. A., Lorvick, J., Mauery, D. R., & Haynes, S. (2015). A Systematic Review of the Literature on Weight in Sexual Minority Women. Women's Health Issues 25-2 (2015) 162–175.


*Fogel, S. C., Calman, L. & Magrini, D. (2012). Lesbians’ and Bisexual Women’s Definition of Health. Journal of Homosexuality, 59:6, 851-863


*Fogel, S. C., Young, L. & McPherson, J. B. (2009). The Experience of Group Weight Loss Efforts Among Lesbians. Women & Health, 49 (6), 540 — 554.


*Fogel, S.C., Young, L., Dietrich, M., & Blakemore, D. (2012) Weight loss and related behavior changes among lesbians. Journal of Homosexuality, 59(5), 689-702.


Fogel, S.C. (2010). But I have big bones! Obesity in the lesbian community. In S.L. dibble & P.A. Robertson, (Eds.). Lesbian Health 101: A Clinician’s Guide. UCSF Nursing Press: San Francisco, CA.


*Fogel, S. C., & Tothacer, A. C. (2006). Perceptions of health in an African American congregation. Health Ministries Journal. Fall/Winter.


*Fogel, S. C. (2005). Identifying facilitators and barriers to disclosure of sexual identity to healthcare providers. Kansas Nurse, 80(9), 1-3.


(* indicates refereed)


Professional Organizations

  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, Boar of Directors, VP for Lesbian Health Fund
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Tennessee/American Nurses Association


Professional Research

Developer and Consultant: Healthy Weight in Lesbian and Bisexual Women: Striving for a Healthy Community. George Washington University and Mautner Project. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women’s Health, $381,825. October 2012 – September 2014.


Evaluation of a Predominantly Lesbian Weight Loss Group. Funded by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Lesbian Health Fund.


Principal Investigator: An Ethnographic Study of a Weight Loss/Risk Reduction Program for Sexual Minority Women. Funded by Vanderbilt University CTSA Grant UL1RR024975 from NCRR/NIH, August 2010 – July 2011.


Principal Investigator: Tackling the Lesbian Obesity Epidemic: Weight Loss Messaging and Support in a Culturally Competent Environment. In conjunction with the Mautner Project. Funded by the District of Columbia Department of Health. June 2010 – May 2013.