Sarah Dababnah

Sarah DababnahSarah Dababnah, Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.8076
Room: 5E39

Dababnah CV

Mailing Information:
School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Sarah Dababnah, PhD, MPH, MSW is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work (United States), a US Fulbright Scholar at the American University in Cairo (Egypt), and a Faculty Affiliate at Yonsei University School of Social Welfare (South Korea). She specializes in practice, policy and research related to the health and well-being of families of individuals with intellectual and developmental differences. Dr. Dababnah’s research focuses on family-centered, community-engaged and culturally relevant strategies to address racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in autism service access. Dr. Dababnah received specialized training in early childhood and disability practice, research, and policy at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (Chapel Hill, NC), the Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, MD), the Columbia University National Center for Children in Poverty (New York, NY), and the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health (Washington, DC). She is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer, and earned advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins University.


MPH, Johns Hopkins University
MSW: PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Expertise and Research Interests

Services and Support for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Sceening of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Early Intervention Services for Young Children with or at risk for Developmental Disabilities

Health-related Issues of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their Caregivers
Evidence-based Practices
Disability and Mental Health Policy
Cross-cultural Comparisons
Global Disability Issues
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

Needs Assessment of Maryland Asian American Caregivers Raising Children with Developmental Disabilities

A research team at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) conducted the needs assessment with the support of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and the UMSSW. The team, led by Dr. Sarah Dababnah, Dr. Irang Kim, and Ms. Yao Wang, worked with an expert advisory board composed of national leaders on developmental disability research and practice to better understand the needs of Asian American families in Maryland.

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