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Prevention Research Center, Division of Prevention & Population Sciences, UNM Department of Pediatrics

MSC11 6145
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
2703 Frontier Ave NE
Research Incubator Building (RIB) Suite 120

Phone: (505) 272-4462
Fax: (505) 272-3955

Sarah Sanders

Associate Scientist III

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Office Location: 2703 Frontier Ave NE - RIB 120
Phone: (505) 272-8111
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Sarah Sanders, RN, MS

Associate Scientist III, Prevention Research Center

Sarah has fourteen years of experience as a registered nurse in the disciplines of pediatrics, psychiatry, and clinical research. Building upon her expertise as a nurse, she became an exercise scientist in 2008, and currently works at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Prevention Research Center (PRC) in community health research. As the exercise scientist for CHILE, she trains Head Start staff in the implementation of the physical activity and nutrition components of the study, develops physical activity interventions, and assists with writing grants, articles and reports. She also works at the Clinical Translational Science Center Exercise Laboratory, developing standard procedures for operation and training staff in exercise testing. B. Positions and Honors Positions and Employment 1994 – 1996 Evening Charge Nurse and Program Coordinator, UNM Children’s Psychiatric Hospital 1996 – 2002 Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Nurse/Charge Nurse, UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital 2002 – 2007 Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator, UNM General Clinical Research Center 2007 – 2008 Graduate Assistant, UNM Exercise Physiology Lab 2009 - Associate Scientist III, UNM Pediatric Prevention and Population Sciences Other Experience and Professional Memberships 2007 - President, Sara de Luz, LLC, a professional dance company 2008 - Member, American College of Sports Medicine Honors 2008 Outstanding Master of Science in Exercise Science 1997 BSN, cum laude 1994 T-VI Vice-President’s Honor Roll C. Selected peer-reviewed publications 1. Sanders, S.G. Dancing Through Pregnancy, Activity Guidelines for Professional and Recreational Dancers. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science 2008; 1:17-21. D. Research Support RO1DK072958-04Davis(PI) 03/01/2006 – 02/28/2011 NIDDK Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating and Exercise (CHILE) A randomized controlled study to design, implement and evaluate a culturally appropriate, multi-level trans-community prevention intervention for decreasing obesity risk (measured by BMI percentile) in 3 to 5-year-old rural Hispanic and American Indian children.


  • Registered nurse
  • Clinical and community research
  • Exercise testing and design
  • Physical activity promotion and intervention