Sarah O. Meadows is a sociologist at the RAND Corporation and an affiliate member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research areas include families and children (both civilian and military) and defense manpower issues, with a particular focus on mental health and well-being and on diversity. Her recent work has focused on family structure and perceptions of social support, diversity in the retention of servicemembers, and the well-being of Air Force spouses and their families. Her work has been published in RAND reports as well as in numerous academic journals. Meadows received her B.A. in sociology and psychology from the University of Virginia and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University.
Meadows, Sarah O., "The Association Between Perceptions of Social Support and Maternal Mental Health Problems: A Cumulative Perspective," Journal of Family Issues, 2010
Meadows, Sarah O., "Family Structure and Fathers' Well-Being: Trajectories of Mental and Physical Health," Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 50(2):115-131, 2009
Cooper, Carey C., Sara S. McLanahan, Sarah O. Meadows, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, "Family Structure Transitions and Maternal Parenting Stress," Journal of Marriage and Family, 71:558-574, 2009
Meadows, Sarah O., "Is It There When You Need It? Mismatch in Perception of Future Availability and Subsequent Receipt of Instrumental Social Support," Journal of Family Issues, 30(8):1070-1097, 2009
Dupre, Matthew E., Audrey N. Beck, and Sarah O. Meadows, "Marital Trajectories and Mortality Among U.S. Adults," American Journal of Epidemiology, 170:546-555, 2009
Meadows, Sarah O., Sara S. McLanahan, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, "Stability and Change in Family Structure and Maternal Health Trajectories," American Sociological Review, 73(April):314-334, 2008