Dr. Sarah N. Keller received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000. She received her master’s degree from Columbia University in journalism, and her bachelor’s degree in social studies from Wesleyan University.
Keller’s research revolves around health communication, narrative education and service learning. She routinely combines her research with a social marketing curriculum that developed at Emerson College, where she taught in a master’s program in Health Communication from 2000-2004. The curriculum allows her to combine professional experiences from overseas entertainment education and health communication campaigns with local non-profits and student learning. Prior to becoming an academic, Keller worked with Population Communication International, USAID, and Family Health International to study media interventions for reproductive health. More recently, Keller has been funded by the Montana Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence to evaluate community-based media projects for suicide prevention. Research on her campaigns has resulted in papers appearing in the Journal of Marketing Education, Nursing & Health Sciences, Journal of Advertising, Health Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices by Nova Press, and others. Her ongoing research agenda centers on examining the use of mass media to promote health behavior and attitude change on a variety of public health topics.