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Sarah Bollinger

Assistant Professor of Social Work & Program Director


  • BA, Webster University, 2003
  • MSW, New York University, 2006
  • PhD, Washington University St. Louis MO, 2013

Location: Tidwell 209


Dr. Sarah Bollinger loves working with people from all backgrounds and cultures.She has a passion for social justice, which drew her to the social work profession at an early age. Before coming to Trevecca, Bollinger spent a number of years working as the associate director of a non-profit, humanitarian organization in Mozambique, Africa, where she oversaw numerous public health initiatives in remote villages throughout the country. In addition to teaching and directing the social work program here at Trevecca, she currently runs her own private counseling practice where she provides mental health counseling to clients on a range of issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health disparities among underserved populations
  • International social work
  • Women’s health and mental health
  • Spirituality and mental health
  • Psychosocial oncology
  • Qualitative research

  • Certifications and Memberships

  • Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the states of Tennessee and Missouri
  • EMDR trained mental health therapist
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

  • Recent Publications

    Journal Articles

  • Bollinger, S., & Kreuter, M. (2012). Real time moment-to-moment emotional responses to narrative and informational breast cancer videos in African American women. Health Education Research. DOI:10.1093/her/cys047

  • Lanier, P., Bollinger, S., & Krueger, B. (2011). Advances in the conceptualization of personality disorders: Issues affecting social work practice and research. Clinical Social Work Journal. DOI : 10.1007/s10615-011-0333-6.

  • Book Chapters

  • Gehlert, S., Small, E., & Bollinger, S. (2011). African American women and breast cancer: Interventions at multiple levels. In R. L. Hampton, R. L. Crowel, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook of African American Health (2nd edition). New York: The Guilford Press.

  • Gehlert, S., & Bollinger, S. (2011). Theories of health behavior. In, S. Gehlert & T. A. Browne (Eds.), Handbook of Health Social Work (2nd edition). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.