Sarah Khasawinah, PhD, MHS

Research Analyst, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sarah Khasawinah earned her Doctoral and Masters of Health Science degrees in Mental Health and Biostatistics, respectively from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in December 2014. In her doctoral dissertation, “Brain Networks and Neurocognitive Health in Older Adults: The Baltimore Experience Corps Brain Health Study,” she found that Experience Corps, a model of senior volunteer service, improves certain dementia-linked cognitive functions and brain networks in older adults. Dr. Khasawinah’s research illustrates the potential of highimpact community engagement to promote neurocognitive health and prevent cognitive decline. Her dissertation was supervised by Dr. Michelle C. Carlson.

Dr. Khasawinah has been honored with a number of prestigious awards including the Johns Hopkins Sommer Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She has presented her research at international conference meetings including the Gerontological Society of America Annual Meetings, the Hopkins Imaging Conference, and the Statistical Methods for Very Large Datasets Conference.

While pursuing her degrees, Dr. Khasawinah taught courses in the departments of Mental Health, Biostatistics, and Public Health. She also led public health initiatives including founding Hopkins Honey, an environmental association; serving as president of the Johns Hopkins Graduate Muslim Students Association; and coordinating Bike to Work Day.

In 2009, Dr. Khasawinah completed her Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. There, she simultaneously completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and in English, summa cum laude. At Bryn Mawr College, Sarah was honored to serve as a Claire Boothe Luce Scholar and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.