Smith College, BA, 06/1987, Psychology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, MPH, 06/2000, Health Behavior and Health Education
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, PhD, 06/2009, Medical Anthropology

Honors & Awards

  • 2014
    Department of Medicine's Quality and Safety Innovation Challenge Award, UCSF
  • 2013
    Diana Forsythe Award, American Medical Informatics Association
  • 2000
    Kathryn J. Kerr Memorial Award for Community Activism, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health
  • 1999
    Lucy S. Morgan Award for Leadership, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health

Selected Publications

  1. Sahin-Hodoglugil NN, Lianoglou BR, Ackerman S, Sparks TN, Norton ME. Access to prenatal exome sequencing for fetal malformations: A qualitative landscape analysis in the US. Prenat Diagn. 2023 Sep 26.  View on PubMed
  2. Outram SM, Rego S, Norstad M, Ackerman S. The Need to Standardize the Reanalysis of Genomic Sequencing Results: Findings from Interviews with Underserved Families in Genomic Research. J Bioeth Inq. 2023 Aug 25.  View on PubMed
  3. Ge J, Fontil V, Ackerman S, Pletcher MJ, Lai JC. Clinical decision support and electronic interventions to improve care quality in chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis. Hepatology. 2023 Aug 23.  View on PubMed
  4. Lopez JM, Wing H, Ackerman SL, Hessler D, Gottlieb LM. Community Health Center Staff Perspectives on Financial Payments for Social Care. Milbank Q. 2023 Aug 18.  View on PubMed
  5. Sara L. Ackerman, Holly Wing, Benjamín Aceves, Maura Pisciotta, Danielle Hessler, Laura M. Gottlieb. “We were trying to do quality versus quantity”: Challenges and opportunities at the intersection of standardized and personalized social care in community health centers. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health. 2023 Jun 1; 3:100267.  View on PubMed
  6. Slavotinek A, Rego S, Sahin-Hodoglugil N, Kvale M, Lianoglou B, Yip T, Hoban H, Outram S, Anguiano B, Chen F, Michelson J, Cilio RM, Curry C, Gallagher RC, Gardner M, Kuperman R, Mendelsohn B, Sherr E, Shieh J, Strober J, Tam A, Tenney J, Weiss W, Whittle A, Chin G, Faubel A, Prasad H, Mavura Y, Van Ziffle J, Devine WP, Hodoglugil U, Martin PM, Sparks TN, Koenig B, Ackerman S, Risch N, Kwok PY, Norton ME. Diagnostic yield of pediatric and prenatal exome sequencing in a diverse population. NPJ Genom Med. 2023 May 26; 8(1):10.  View on PubMed
  7. Mavura Y, Sahin-Hodoglugil N, Hodoglugil U, Kvale M, Martin PM, Van Ziffle J, Devine WP, Ackerman SL, Koenig BA, Kwok PY, Norton ME, Slavotinek A, Risch N. Diagnostic Yield of Exome Sequencing in a Diverse Pediatric and Prenatal Population is not Associated with Genetic Ancestry. medRxiv. 2023 May 24.  View on PubMed
  8. Ackerman SL, Brown JEH, Zamora A, Outram S. "I Have Fought for so Many Things": Disadvantaged families' Efforts to Obtain Community-Based Services for Their Child after Genomic Sequencing. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2023 May 10; 1-10.  View on PubMed
  9. Mary Norton, Billie Lianoglou, Matthew Shear, Sara Ackerman, Nuriye Sahin-Holodlugil, Mark Kvale, Jessica Van Ziffle, W. Patrick Devine, Ugur Hodoglugil, Pierre-Marie Martin, Barbara Koenig, Neil Risch, Pui-Yan Kwok, Anne Slavotinek, Teresa Sparks. O40: Clinical utility of prenatal exome sequencing in a diverse cohort*. . 2023 Jan 1; 1(1):100647.  View on PubMed
  10. Teresa Sparks, Billie Lianoglou, Nuriye Sahin-Holodlugil, Mark Kvale, Jessica Van Ziffle, W. Patrick Devine, Ugur Hodoglugil, Pierre-Marie Martin, Barbara Koenig, Pui-Yan Kwok, Sara Ackerman, Anne Slavotinek, Neil Risch, Mary Norton. O41: Genes associated with disease in fetuses compared to children: Exome sequencing in a large pediatric and prenatal cohort. . 2023 Jan 1; 1(1):100648.  View on PubMed
  11. Kate Swanson, Nuriye Sahin-Hodoglugil, Teresa N. Sparks, Sara Ackerman, Billie R. Lianoglou, Sarah L. Downum, Mary E. Norton. Patient perspectives on the utility and impact of prenatal exome sequencing. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2023 Jan 1; 228(1):s48-s49.  View on PubMed
  12. Outram SM, Brown J, Ackerman SL. The social value of genomic sequencing for disadvantaged families facing rare disease. Soc Sci Med. 2022 Dec; 314:115465.  View on PubMed
  13. Outram SM, Ackerman SL, Norstad M, Koenig B. The Challenge of Recruiting Diverse Populations into Health Research: An embedded social science perspective. New Genet Soc. 2022; 41(3):216-226.  View on PubMed
  14. Lee CM, Lutz J, Khau A, Lin B, Phillip N, Ackerman S, Steinbuchel P, Mangurian C. Pediatric Primary Care Perspectives of Mental Health Services Delivery during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Children (Basel). 2022 Aug 03; 9(8).  View on PubMed
  15. Outram SM, Brown JEH, Zamora AN, Sahin-Hodoglugil N, Ackerman SL. Parental Hopes and Understandings of the Value of Prenatal Diagnostic Genomic Sequencing: A Qualitative Analysis. Front Genet. 2022; 13:883225.  View on PubMed
  16. Brown JEH, Zamora AN, Outram S, Sparks TN, Lianoglou BR, Norstad M, Sahin Hodoglugil NN, Norton ME, Ackerman SL. "Let's Just Wait Until She's Born": Temporal Factors That Shape Decision-Making for Prenatal Genomic Sequencing Amongst Families Underrepresented in Genomic Research. Front Genet. 2022; 13:882703.  View on PubMed
  17. Rego S, Hoban H, Outram S, Zamora AN, Chen F, Sahin-Hodoglugil N, Anguiano B, Norstad M, Yip T, Lianoglou B, Sparks TN, Norton ME, Koenig BA, Slavotinek AM, Ackerman SL. Perspectives and preferences regarding genomic secondary findings in underrepresented prenatal and pediatric populations: A mixed-methods approach. Genet Med. 2022 06; 24(6):1206-1216.  View on PubMed
  18. Odes R, Chapman S, Ackerman S, Harrison R, Hong O. Differences in Hospitals' Workplace Violence Incident Reporting Practices: A Mixed Methods Study. Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2022 May; 23(2):98-108.  View on PubMed
  19. Nalugwa T, Handley M, Shete P, Ojok C, Nantale M, Reza T, Katamba A, Cattamanchi A, Ackerman S. Readiness to implement on-site molecular testing for tuberculosis in community health centers in Uganda. Implement Sci Commun. 2022 Feb 02; 3(1):9.  View on PubMed
  20. Cattamanchi A, Reza TF, Nalugwa T, Adams K, Nantale M, Oyuku D, Nabwire S, Babirye D, Turyahabwe S, Tucker A, Sohn H, Ferguson O, Thompson R, Shete PB, Handley MA, Ackerman S, Joloba M, Moore DAJ, Davis JL, Dowdy DW, Fielding K, Katamba A. Multicomponent Strategy with Decentralized Molecular Testing for Tuberculosis. N Engl J Med. 2021 12 23; 385(26):2441-2450.  View on PubMed

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