Sara Dodd, Ph.D.
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.