Sara Dodd, Ph.D.
Human Sciences - CAR
Youth Development; Leadership; Obesity; Covenant BodyMind Initiative
Since 2011, Dr. Sara Dodd directs the outreach and research activities of the Center
for Adolescent Resiliency at Texas Tech University. She is also a faculty member in
the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech and is jointly appointed to Texas A&M
AgriLife Extension as a state specialist in 4-H and Youth Development and adjunct
faculty with the Sequor Youth Development Initiative at Texas A&M University. Her
scholarship involves transdisciplinary research and outreach in adolescent health
and wellbeing, childhood obesity, leadership development, and consumer behavior. Dr.
Dodd collaborates with Human Sciences faculty in multiple departments developing and
teaching courses for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers as
Extension educators. She also partners with Extension faculty and staff at land grant
institutions to create research and outreach partnerships. Dr. Dodd is the co-PI for
the “Healthiest Communities and Childhood Obesity” project, sponsored by Covenant
Health Systems; co-PI for “East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood”, funded by the U.S.
Department of Education; and PI for the United Future Leaders project, sponsored by
a local private/corporate partnership.