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.

Expertise & 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

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