Sarah D. Lynne, Ph.D.

Sarah Lynne

Contact Info

Dr. Sarah D. Lynne
Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
University of Florida
PO Box 110180
3028C McCarty Hall D
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel: 352-273-3546
Website: Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences Profile


Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida


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

Postdoc in Prevention Science, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Florida
M.S., Developmental Psychology, University of Florida
B.S., Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research Interests

Using advanced quantitative statistical methods, Dr. Lynne conducts lifespan research on pathways to substance use and related mental, physical, and behavioral health problems complimenting original data collection with evaluations of large archival longitudinal datasets. She takes an ecological perspective, focusing on the interplay between individual characteristics, interpersonal relationships, and context across childhood and adolescence, with primary expertise in the biopsychosocial changes of adolescence. She has worked on the development, implementation, and evaluation of preventive interventions, including an ongoing evaluation of a teen pregnancy prevention program implemented in a rural Florida county. She has also collaborated with a team of researchers from the University of Florida and the Cherokee Nation on a community-based intervention to prevent youth alcohol use. In addition, she is leading a NIH/NCATS funded study evaluating the association between pubertal timing, brain development, and psychosocial/behavioral adjustment among girls 8 – 12 years old.

Recent Publications

  • Hill JC, Lynne-Landsman SD, Graber JA, Johnson KJ. Evaluating a pregnancy and STI prevention programme in rural, at-risk, middle school girls in the USA. Health Education Journal, 1 – 13. DOI: 10.1177/0017896916644845
  • Lynne-Landsman SD, Komro KA, Kominsky TK, Boyd ML, Maldonado-Molina MM. Early trajectories of alcohol and other substance use among youth from rural communities within the Cherokee Nation. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77, 238 – 248.
  • Lynne-Landsman SD, Kominsky TK, Livingston MD, Wagenaar AC, Komro KA. Alcohol sales to youth: Data from rural communities within the Cherokee Nation. Prevention Science. 2015 Aug 01; Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-015-0579-2. PMID:
  • Komro KA, Wagenaar AC, Boyd M, Boyd BJ, Kominsky T, Pettigrew D, Tobler AL, Lynne-Landsman SD, Livingston MD, Livingston B, Maldonado Molina MM. Prevention trial in the Cherokee Nation: Design of a randomized community trial. Prevention Science, 16, 291 – 300. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-014-0478-y. PMID: 24615546
  • Lynne-Landsman SD, Livingston MD, Wagenaar A. Effects of state medical marijuana laws on adolescent marijuana use. American Journal of Public Health. 2013 Aug; 103(8): 1500-6. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301117. PMID: 23763418.
  • Boyce CA & Lynne-Landsman SD. Integrating translational neuroscience to improve drug abuse treatment for adolescents. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 2013 Jun; 27(2): 547–51. DOI: 10.1037/a0032434. PMID: 23815451.
  • Liu W, Lynne-Landsman SD, Petras H, Masyn K, Ialongo N. The evaluation of two first-grade preventive interventions on childhood aggression and adolescent marijuana use: A latent transition longitudinal mixture model. Prevention Science. 2013 Jun; 14(3): 206-17. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-013-0375-9. PMID: 23475538.
  • Wiley TRA, Lynne-Landsman SD, Maholmes V. Advancing the next generation of applied developmental science. Applied Developmental Science. 2013; 17(1): 1-3. DOI: 10.1080/10888691.2013.750189.
  • Reingle JM, Jennings WG, Lynne-Landsman SD, Cottler LB, Maldonado-Molina MM. Towards an understanding of risk and protective factors for violence among adolescent boys and men: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2013 Apr; 52(4): 493-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.08.006. PMCID: PMC3608694.
  • Sirocco KY, Lynne-Landsman SD, Boyce CA. Developmental cognitive neuroscience to inform cognitive-control interventions for drug abuse: Introduction to the special section. Child Development Perspectives. 2012 Dec; 6(4): 351-3. DOI: 10.1111/cdep.12002.