Postdoctoral Associate, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
6138 Public Health Building, 130 De Soto St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Primary Phone: 967-838-8071
Sara Baumann is a global health, mixed methods researcher with primary research interests in 1) participatory and creative visual research methods, 2) women’s reproductive health, and 3) mental health. She has over 12 years of experience conducting research and programming in health and development in South Asia, with a current focus on Nepal. Her research agenda embraces community-engaged methods and developing evidence-based approaches for improving social determinants of health. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Qualitative Health Research, Global Public Health, Women’s Reproductive Health and more. Her work has been featured in diverse media outlets from NPR to Glamour Magazine, and her films have been screened at the Smithsonian Institute, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and United Nations Headquarters in New York. Sara’s work has been supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to Bangladesh, and a Boren Fellowship to Nepal.
2019 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | PhD
2018 | Cornell University, Ithaca, NY | Intensive Nepali Language Program
2009 | BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh | MPH
2008 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI | BA
BCHS 3007 | Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods
Sara’s PhD dissertation concentrated on research at the intersection of visual methods and public health, with a focus on Collaborative Filmmaking, a participatory method she developed during her training at Pitt Public Health. In Collaborative Filmmaking, participants are trained as community producers to create, analyze, and disseminate films to advance knowledge about health behaviors. She is the creator of the short film series, Cycle Series, that investigates lesser-known experiences of menstruation in Pittsburgh, and she regularly uses film as a dissemination and advocacy tool in public health. Sara also formed Old Fan Films, a film production company where she specializes in the creation of audiovisual materials for a wide range of development projects including climate change, water and sanitation, coping with illness, menstrual health, and more. She has created films and conducted research in India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, USA, and the Czech Republic to date.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts
Selected Commissioned Studies/Technical Reports
Baumann, S. Literature Review on Harmful Practices in Nepal. (2020, January). Funded by UN Development Operations Coordination Office, UN Population Fund, and UN Women.
Baumann, S. Advancement for Recovery Initiatives for Safer Ethiopia (ARISE) Project Process Documentation, Best Practices and Lessons Identified from Standardized Provision of Non-Food Items (NFIs), Capacity Development and After-Action Review Process. (2020, February). Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.