Sara Fairborn


Lecturer, Department of Psychology
University of California, Riverside

Email: sara.fairborn@email.ucr.edu


Sara recently completed her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology, graduating from UC Riverside in June 2010.  She joined the ACE-UCR in August, 2005 and enjoyed five years as a graduate student working at the center.  Her research interests incorporate a health perspective when examining childhood and adolescent development.  Sara’s main area of research focuses on obesity prevention and reduction.  Her goal is to improve children and adolescents’ eating habits and increase their physical activity through behavioral interventions and environmental changes.  Her disseration examined the effects of community violence exposure on adolescents’ health behaviors and outcomes.  This work also investigated the mechanisms of this relation, specifically how this process might be mediated by depression and self-regulation.  During her time at the center, she and a colleague conducted an 8-week mindfulness-based intervention study for undergraduate students.  The study aimed to investigate the effects of being mindful on health behaviors and academic performance among college students.  Sara aims to use this work on mindfulness to encourage youth to eat more mindfully, helping them to lose weight and keep it off.  Some of her earlier work has also focused on the relations between aggression and prosocial behavior during early childhood.  Sara teaches courses such as Health and Behavior Change, Life Span Development, and the Childhood Obesity Crisis.

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