Sarah D. Lynne, Ph.D.

Contact Info

Dr. Sarah D. Lynne
Department of Health Outcomes and Policy
College of Medicine
1329 SW 16th Street, Room 5234
P.O. Box100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177
Tel: 352-265-7928


Sara D. Lynne, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy within the College of Medicine at the University of Florida.

Research Summary

Dr. Lynne’s research interests blend the study of human development, prevention science, and public policy with the goal of promoting public health and reducing the individual and societal costs of substance abuse and other problem behaviors.


2010-2011:  American Academy for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Policy Fellowship, The National Institute on Drug Abuse

2008-2010: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Postdoc in Prevention Science

2008: University of Florida, Ph.D., Developmental Psychology

2005: University of Florida, M.S., Developmental Psychology

2002: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S., Psychology

Current Research Focus

Dr. Lynne’s current projects include a community-level intervention designed to prevent underage drinking and associated negative consequences among multicultural youth living in rural high-risk communities.

Recent Publications

Komro, K. A., Wagenaar, A. C., Boyd, M., Boyd, B. J., Kominsky, T., Pettigrew, D., Tobler, A. L., Lynne-Landsman, S. D., Livingston, M. D., Livingston, B., Maldonado Molina, M. M. (in press). Prevention trial in the Cherokee Nation: Design of a randomized community trial. Prevention Science.

Lynne-Landsman, S. D., Livingston, M. D., III, & Wagenaar, A. (2013).  Effects of state medical marijuana laws on adolescent marijuana use.  American Journal of Public Health, 103, 1500 – 1506. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301117.

Boyce, C. A. & Lynne-Landsman, S. D. (2013).   Integrating translational neuroscience to improve drug abuse treatment for adolescents.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(2), 547 – 551. DOI: 10.1037/a0032434

Liu, W., Lynne-Landsman, S. D., Petras, H., Masyn, K., & Ialongo, N.  (2013).  The evaluation of two first-grade preventive interventions on childhood aggression and adolescent marijuana use:  A latent transition longitudinal mixture model.  Prevention Science, DOI:  10.1007/s11121-013-0375-9

Reingle, J. M., Jennings, W. G., Lynne-Landsman, S. D., Cottler L. B., & Maldonado-Molina, M. M. (2012).  Towards an understanding of risk and protective factors for violence among adolescent boys and men:  A longitudinal analysis.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 1 – 6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.08.006

Sirocco, K. Y., Lynne-Landsman, S. D., & Boyce, C. A.  (2012).  Introduction to the special section:  Developmental cognitive neuroscience to inform cognitive control-based interventions for drug abuse.  Child Development Perspectives, 6(4), 351 – 353.  DOI:  10.1111/cdep.12002

Bjork, J. M., Lynne-Landsman, S. D., Sirocco, K., & Boyce, C. A.  (2012).  Brain maturation and risky behavior:  The promise and the challenges of neuroimaging-based accounts.  Child Development Perspectives, 6(4), 385 – 391.  DOI:  10.1111/cdep.12001.

Hill, C. V., Lynne-Landsman, S. D., & Boyce, C. A.  (2012).  Maternal and child health disparities:  Considering the influence of fathers for the health and development of boys.  American Journal of Public Health, 102, S164 – S165.  DOI:  10.2105/AJPH.2012.300792

Wood, J. J., Lynne-Landsman, S. D., Langer, D., Wood, P., Clark, S. L., Eddy, J. M., & Ialongo, N. (2012).  School attendance problems and youth psychopathology:  Structural cross-lagged regression models in three longitudinal datasets.  Child Development, 83, 351 – 366.  DOI:  10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01677.x

Wang, Y., Storr, C. L., Green, K. M., Zhu, S., Stuart, E. A., Lynne-Landsman, S. D., Clemans, K. H., Petras, H., Kellam, S. G., & Ialongo, N. S.  (2012).  The effect of two elementary school-based prevention interventions on being offered tobacco and the transition to smoking.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 120, 202 – 208.  DOI:  10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.07.022

Lynne-Landsman, S. D., Bradshaw, C., & Ialongo, N.  (2010).  Testing a developmental cascade model of adolescent substance use trajectories and young adult adjustment.  Development and Psychopathology, 22(4), 933 – 948.

Lynne-Landsman, S. D., Graber, J. A., & Andrews, J. A.  (2010).  Do trajectories of household risk in childhood moderate pubertal timing effects on substance initiation in middle school?  Developmental Psychology, 46(4), 853 – 868.

Lynne, S. D., Graber, J. A., Nichols, T. R., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Botvin, G. J.  (2007).  Links between pubertal timing, peer influences, and externalizing behaviors among urban students followed through middle school.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 40(2), 181.e7.


Lynne-Landsman, S. D. & Wagenaar, A. C. (2014).  Alcohol policy: Interventions to prevent youth alcohol use. In L. M. Scheier (Ed.) Handbook of Drug Prevention. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.