Sarah Cusick, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Sarah Cusick

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-6806

Office Address:
Global Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
Room 365
717 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
Global Pediatrics
Mail Code 1932
717 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Faculty Member, Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Faculty Member, Center for Neurobehavioral Development

Instructor, School of Public Health

PhD, Human Nutrition and International Health, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Fellow/Micronutrient Specialist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program (IMMPaCt)


Awards & Recognition

  • International Collaborative Award for Research, International Pediatric Research Foundation (2014)
  • Teaching Recognition, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health (2013)
  • Vikings Grant-In-Aid recipient, University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics (2013)
  • KL2 Scholar, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Minnesota (2011)
  • Dannon Institute Nutrition Leadership Institute (2005)
  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society (2005)
  • Finalist, American Society for Clinical Nutrition Young Investigator Award (2004)


Research Summary/Interests

Research Interests

Dr. Cusick’s research focuses on international maternal and child nutrition, the interaction between nutritional deficiencies and infectious disease, and the effect of these interactions on child health and long-term cognitive development.

Research Projects

Currently funded research include several NIH-funded studies: one on the effect of acute vs. delayed iron therapy in severe malaria on anemia, iron status, and neurobehavioral development in Ugandan children (PI: Chandy John, M.D.) and an investigation of red blood cell iron incorporation in severe malaria.