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Sara Yeatman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Email: Sara Yeatman
Office Location: Administration Building 280F
Phone: (303) 556-3555
Fax: (303) 556-8501
Office Hours: By appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Sociology, demography, fertility intentions, reproductive health, HIV, sub-Saharan Africa 

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas, Austin

M.Sc., Demography and Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

B.A., International Relations and Environmental Studies, Tufts University

A sociologist and demographer by training, Dr. Yeatman’s research centers on three areas: the social consequences of HIV/AIDS, fertility preference dynamics, and the creative measurement of sensitive information.

Recently, Yeatman helped design and run a three-year panel study (2009-2012) of 3,000 young men, women and couples in southern Malawi (Tsogolo la Thanzi,, which examined how young adults navigated marriage and childbearing in a generalized AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Yeatman earned a PhD in Sociology (with a demography specialization) from the University of Texas at Austin and a MSc in Demography and Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Grant, Monica and Sara Yeatman. Forthcoming. “The Impact of Family Transitions on Child Fostering in Rural Malawi.” Demography.

Yeatman, Sara, Christie Sennott and Steven Culpepper.  2013 “Young Women’s Dynamic Family Size Preferences in the Context of Transitioning Fertility.” Demography. 50[5]: 1715-1737.

Yeatman, Sara, Jenny Trinitapoli and Sarah Hayford. 2013. “Letter to the Editor: Limitations of Clinic-Based Studies on HIV and Fertility Preferences.” American Journal of Public Health. 103(6):e5.

Conroy, Amy, Sara Yeatman and Kathryn Dovel. 2013. “The Social Construction of AIDS During a Time of Evolving Access to Antiretroviral Therapy in Rural Malawi.” Culture, Health & Sexuality. 15[8]: 924-37.

Muchimba, Maureen, Megan Burton, Sara Yeatman, Abdallah Chilungo, Brett Haberstick, Susan Young, Robin Corley and Matthew McQueen. 2013. “Behavioral Disinhibition and Sexual Risk Behavior among Adolescents and Young Adults in Malawi.” PLOS One. 8[9]: e73574

Yeatman, Sara, Kathryn Dovel*, Amy Conroy* and Hazel Namadingo. 2013. “HIV Treatment Optimism and Its Relationship with Sexual Risk Behavior Among a Population-Based Sample of Young Adults in Southern Malawi.” AIDS Care. 25[8]: 1018-1025.

Grant, Monica and Sara Yeatman. 2012. “The Relationship between Orphanhood and Child Fostering in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Population Studies. 66[3]: 279-295.

Sennott, Christie and Sara Yeatman. 2012. “The Stability of Fertility Preferences and the Predictors of Change Among Young Women in Malawi.” International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 38[1]: 34-42.  

Yeatman, Sara and Jenny Trinitapoli. 2011. “Best-Friend Reports: A Tool for Measuring the Prevalence of Sensitive Behaviors.” American Journal of Public Health 101[9]: 1666-1667.

Trinitapoli, Jenny and Sara Yeatman. 2011. “Uncertainty and Fertility in a Generalized AIDS Epidemic.” American Sociological Review 76[6]: 935-954.

Yeatman, Sara. 2011. “‘HIV is the Enemy of Childbearers’: The Construction of Local Epidemiology in Rural Malawi.” Culture, Health & Sexuality 13[4]: 471-483.

Yeatman, Sara. 2009. “HIV Infection and Fertility Preferences in Rural Malawi.” Studies in Family Planning 40(4): 261-276. [lead article]

Yeatman, Sara. 2009. “The Impact of HIV Status and Perceived Status on Fertility Desires in Rural Malawi.” AIDS & Behavior 13: S12-S19.

Angotti, Nicole, Agatha Bula, Lauren Gaydosh, Eitan Zeev Kimchi, Rebecca Thornton, and Sara Yeatman. 2009. “Increasing the Acceptability of HIV Counseling and Testing with Three C's: Convenience, Confidentiality and Credibility.” Social Science & Medicine 68 [2]: 2263-2270. 

HBSC 7041: Research Design in the Health and Behavioral Sciences

PBHL 3070: Perspectives in Global Health​​

PUBH 3071: Global Topics in Sexual and Reproductive Health

PUBH 2051: Introduction to Population Studies