Sarah Espinoza, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

MS, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC


Sarah M. Espinoza (she/her), PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health. Sarah started as faculty after completing a 2-year interdisciplinary fellowship in the Division. Through her graduate and postdoctoral training, Sarah has built a line of research incorporating sport, physical activity, and health equity among diverse groups of youth.

Sarah is passionate about investigating the roles of physical activity and sport in child and adolescent development, addressing harmful stereotypes about young people’s ability and interest in being active, and promoting safe, fun opportunities for all youth to be active. She uses quantitative and qualitative methods in her work, and she is excited to pursue research that is meaningful in pediatric clinical care.

Awards & Recognition

  • Annual PRESS Award Virtual Poster Session: Pediatric Postdoctoral Fellow 1st Place, University of Minnesota (2021)