Sarah O. Meadows

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Senior Sociologist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, Duke University; B.A. in sociology and psychology, University of Virginia

Media Resources

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Overview

Sarah O. Meadows is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation and a professor 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 readiness and resilience. Her recent work has focused on health and health behaviors among service members, readiness and resilience among military families, and program evaluation of support services for military families. Her work has been published in RAND reports as well as in numerous academic journals. Meadows received her Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Duke University and her B.A. in sociology and psychology from the University of Virginia. She also completed a postdoc at the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University.

Recent Projects

  • Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in the Active-Component Army
  • 2018 and 2015 DoD Health Related Behaviors Survey
  • The Deployment Life Study
  • Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Program Contribution to Airman and Family Readiness and Resilience
  • Readiness and resilience among servicemembers and families

Selected Publications

Sarah O. Meadows, Robin Beckman, Charles C. Engel, and Diana D. Jeffery, "The Culture of Alcohol in the U.S. Military: Correlations with Problematic Drinking Behaviors and Negative Consequences of Alcohol Use," Armed Forces & Society, 2021

Sarah O. Meadows, Dionne Barnes-Proby and Rebecca Ann Lawrence, Support for National Security Families, RAND Corporation (RR-A1021-1), 2021

Calkins, Avery, Matthew Cefalu, Terry L. Schell, Linda Cottrell, Sarah O. Meadows, and Rebecca L. Collins, Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination in the Active-Component Army: Variation in Most Serious Event Characteristics by Gender and Installation Risk, (RR-A1385-1), 2021

Perez, Lilian G., Dong, Lu, Beckman, Robin, and Meadows, Sarah O., "Movement behaviors associated with mental health among US military service members," Military Psychology, 2021

Smucker, Sierra, Sarah O. Meadows, and Robin Beckman, "Use of Electronic Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products among Active Component Services Members," Military Medicine, 2021

Dunbar, Michael S., Megan S. Schuler, Sarah O. Meadows, and Charles Engel, "Associations Between Mental and Physical Health Conditions and Occupational Impairments in the U.S. Military," Military Medicine, 2021

Meadows, Sarah O., Charles C. Engel, Rebecca L. Collins, Robin L. Beckman, Joshua Breslau, Erika L. Bloom, Michael S. Dunbar, Mary Lou Gilbert, David M. Grant, Jennifer Hawes-Dawson, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Sarah MacCarthy, Eric R. Pedersen, Michael W., 2018 Department of Defense Health Related Behaviors Survey (HRBS): Results for the Reserve Component, RAND Corporation (RR-4228), 2021

Wong, Eunice C., Sarah O. Meadows, Terry L. Schell, Wing Y. Chan, Lisa H. Jaycox, Karen C. Osilla, Megan S. Schuler, and Elizabeth Roth, The Behavioral Health of Minority Active Duty Service Members, RAND Corporation (RR-4247), 2021

Honors & Awards

  • Reuben Hill Award, National Counsel on Family Relations
  • Best Social Indicators Research Paper Award, International Society for Quality of Life Studies

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: KWMU

Commentary

  • A soldier deployed in Iraq video chats with his wife and children

    Study Finds Most Military Families Are Resilient in Face of Deployment

    Despite the fact that service members, spouses, and their children experience frequent deployments to combat zones throughout the world, a recent study of more than 2,700 military families found that they generally fare well and adapt effectively to the stresses of deployment.

    Apr 22, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • A returning U.S. soldier getting hugged by his family

    Military Families: What We Know and What We Don't Know

    Never before in our nation's history have our service members and their families been so challenged and never before have their struggles (and successes) been the topic of so much scholarly attention, writes Sarah O. Meadows.

    Mar 2, 2012 National Council on Family Relations Report Magazine

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