Sarah Abboud is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, Department of Women, Children, and Family Health Science. Dr. Abboud completed her BS and MS (adult care) in Nursing at the American University of Beirut School of Nursing, Lebanon, and her PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where she was a member of the Centers for Global Women’s Health and Health Equity Research.
Dr. Abboud’s doctoral dissertation looked at the meanings of virginity and virginity loss among Arab and Arab American women using qualitative methods. During her post-doctoral fellowship, she investigated the meanings of healthy sexualities and the relationships between ethnic identity, communication with parents about sexuality, and sexual attitudes and behaviors among Arab and Arab American youth through a mixed methods study. She was also involved in a community-based participatory research study funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to design and develop a gender and culturally relevant, theoretically driven, HIV/STI prevention intervention in Black adolescents with mental illnesses.
Dr. Abboud’s research interests focus on understanding and identifying individual, societal, cultural, and structural factors associated with risk and protective sexual health factors among Arabs and Arab Americans. One area of particular interest is understanding the impact of the intersectionality of racial/ethnic identities, gender and sexual identities, religion, family, socio-cultural factors, and stigma and discrimination on sexual behaviors and health of Arabs and Arab Americans. She has published several articles and has been teaching the Human Sexuality and Health course for undergraduate students for several years.