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Sara Mernitz

Postdoctoral FellowPh.D., The Ohio State University

Sara Mernitz



Sara Mernitz graduated from the Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science in 2016. After graduating, she remained at Ohio State as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Population Research. She joined the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin as a NICHD postdoctoral fellow in Fall 2017.

Sara’s research broadly focuses on romantic relationships and their longitudinal associations with health, including emotional distress, problem drinking, and suicidal ideation. Drawing from developmental psychology, sociology, and family demography, she focuses on romantic involvement from casual relationships to cohabitation and marriage during the transition to adulthood. At UT Austin, she is extending this line of work into LGBT relationships, investigating intimate relationships as an influence on health outcomes among sexual minority youth.

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