Carolyn E. Sartor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Center for Population Behavioral Health
Core Faculty
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research

Carolyn Sartor is an Associate Professor in the Center for Population Behavioral Health at IFH and in the Department of Psychiatry at RWJMS. Dr. Sartor received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatric and Genetic Epidemiology at Washington University in St. Louis. She was an Associate Professor at Yale University before joining the Rutgers faculty. Dr. Sartor’s program of research is aimed at refining etiological models of risky alcohol, cannabis, and nicotine use in the adolescent to young adult years to reflect variations within and across race/ethnicity and gender. Her work integrates developmental and health disparities perspectives to identify socio-environmental and familial influences on progression through stages of substance use (e.g., initiation, problem use). The roles of trauma exposure, neighborhood conditions, religious involvement, discrimination, and parenting as well as genetic liability to substance use disorders figure prominently in her work. Dr. Sartor’s research focuses primarily on the longitudinal course of substance use but also includes the investigation of short-term patterns of substance use and their relation to contextual factors, as assessed through the web-based diary and ecological momentary assessment methods.

Research Profile:

Substance Use, Social Determinants of Health, Trauma, Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Behavior Genetics



Ecological Momentary Assessment of Racial Microaggressions and Alcohol Use in African American Young Adults (Co-Principal Investigator)

R21: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (2022-2024)

Cultural and Environmental Influences on Precursors to and Early Stages of Alcohol, Nicotine, and Cannabis Use in Black and Latinx Youth (Principal Investigator)

R01: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (2021-2026)