Faculty Sketch

Sarah Fogel, PhD, RN

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

*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, Education Committee
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Tennessee/American Nurses Association


Professional Research

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.