Sara Lindberg, PhD
Program Director for Evaluation Research

Sara Lindberg Sara Lindberg directs the Evaluation Research Group at the Population Health Institute and is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She specializes in evaluating interventions to improve maternal and child health and interventions to prevent health disparities. She is particularly interested in interventions that address psychosocial and early life factors that contribute to disparities in obesity.

In her role as Program Director for Evaluation Research, Sara leads our team of professional evaluators. Those evaluators use a broad range of methods - from qualitative and descriptive techniques to complex experimental and quasi-experimental trials - to evaluate programs and interventions designed to improve the health of individuals and communities. Sara and the Evaluation Research Group collaborate with partners in numerous UW schools, departments, and institutes, as well as with partners outside the UW, Including community organizations, tribal governments and programs, representatives of the healthcare Industry, and governmental organizations. Sara leads the evaluation of several projects. For example, Sara serves as lead evaluator for the Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Initiative. This signature effort of the Wisconsin Partnership Program is a multi-million dollar investment in obesity prevention, intervention, and research across the state of Wisconsin.

Prior to joining the Population Health Institute in 2015, Sara spent more than fifteen years conducting a wide array of research and evaluation projects. Sara’s research experience started while she was an undergraduate at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. After graduation, she served as an Intern doing cognitive neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health. She then returned to the Midwest, to UW-Madison, and completed a PhD in Psychology, followed by a MS in Population Health Sciences and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Disparities Research. Most recently, she worked as a scientist in the UW-Madison Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research. Across these varied experiences, she has conducted epidemiological, clinical, community-based, health services, and implementation research. She is an expert in women’s health, health disparities, child development, and obesity prevention and intervention. She enjoys working with partners to translate research into evidence-based practice and community action.

Contact Information

Sara Lindberg
UW Population Health Institute
610 Walnut Street, 919 WARF
Madison, WI 53726

Phone: (608) 263-6294
Fax: (608) 264-6404
Email: smlindberg@wisc.edu