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Sarah K. Price, Ph.D.

Associate dean for faculty development and professor

Email: skprice@vcu.edu

Phone: (804) 828-0579

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

M.S.W., Syracuse University

M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University

B.S.W., State University of New York College at Buffalo

Sarah Kye Price, Ph.D., from the VCU School of Social Work focuses on bereavement and loss related to pregnancy and childbearing. Her research and publications also focus on mental health promotion for women from low-income communities that are disproportionately affected by fetal and infant mortality.

Price’s community-engaged research has been backed by the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research’s KL2 Scholar program, which is a part of the National Institutes of Health’s federal Clinical and Translational Science Awards infrastructure. She has also enjoyed the support of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Administration on Children and Families, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Price’s current research, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, works to infuse behavioral-health risk screenings and mental health promotion interventions into existing maternal and child health home visiting models in Virginia. Her other scholarly interests include the interface of faith and social justice, ethical decision-making in end-of-life care and the bio-psychosocial-spiritual well-being of people facing housing and food insecurity.

In the School of Social Work, Price teaches in the bachelor and doctorate programs and serves as the faculty advisor for the Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health dual degree program.  She serves on several university committees and leads school-wide strategic efforts, including chairing the School of Social Work’s Curriculum Transformation efforts. Price is a former president of the Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance and continues to be an educator and advocate for families experiencing perinatal bereavement. In the local community, Price works with community organizations such as Family Lifeline, Nurture, and Richmond Healthy Start. She is also working with area faith-based and community organizations in their efforts to address housing and food justice in the Richmond metropolitan area.

In the past, Price has served as project director for the Women’s Wellness Initiative of Missouri Bootheel Healthy Start and as grief therapist for the Life Transitions Center in Buffalo, NY, and she was the coordinator of family support services for families experiencing sudden and unexpected infant deaths, first in Western New York and subsequently in the St. Louis, Missouri metro region.

Notable awards, honors and appointments

  • 2015: Social Justice Award, VCU School of Social Work
  • 2015: SSWR Fellow, Society for Social Work and Research
  • 2012: Currents of Change Award (Community Engaged Research), VCU Council on Community Engagement

Recent and current funded projects

The SEED Method for Stakeholder Engagement in Question Development and Prioritization

November 1, 2014 – October 31, 2017:  Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Co-Investigator; Project PI: Emily Zimmerman, Ph.D. VCU Center for Society and Health

Enhancing Virginia’s MIECHV Home Visiting Services through Centralized Intake and Behavioral Health Integrated Risk Screening (BH-CI)

December 1, 2012 – October 1, 2016:  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)/Administration on Children and Families (ACF) MCHIEV Expansion Grants.

Principal Investigator, Behavioral Health Integrated Centralized Intake Contract (VDH, Grantee)

Ameliorating disparities in fetal and infant mortality through mental health infused home visiting.

November 1, 2010 - March 31, 2013  KL2 Clinical and Translational Scholar Program, VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (KL2TR000057); KL2 Scholar

Selected publications

Price, S. K., Coles, D. C., & Wingold, T. (2017). Integrating Behavioral Health Risk Assessment
into Centralized Intake for Maternal and Child Health Services. Health & social work, 42(4), 231-240. https://doi.org/10.1093/hsw/hlx037

Zimmerman, E. B., Cook, S. K., Haley, A. D., Woolf, S. H., Price, S. K., and the Engaging
Richmond Team (2017). A Patient and Provider Research Agenda on Diabetes and Hypertension Management. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 53(1), 123-129. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2017.01.034

Kanhadilok, S., McCain, N.L., McGrath, J.M., Jallo, N., Price, S.K., & Chiaranai, C. (2016). Factors associated with exclusive breastfeeding through four weeks postpartum in Thai adolescent mothers.  Journal of Perinatal Education, 25(3), 150-161.

Price, S.K., Gray, L.A.  & Thacker, R.T. (2015). Enhanced Engagement:  An intervention pilot for mental health promotion among low-income women in a community home visiting program.  Best Practices in Mental Health, 11(1), 69-82.

Masho, S.W., Price, S.K., Kinser, P.A. & Jallo, N. (2015). Racial disparities in the association between stress and preterm birth.  Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 8(4). http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/jhdrp/vol8/iss4/6/

Jallo, N., Ellswick, R.K.,  Kinser, P., Price, S.K., Masho, S. & Svikis, D. (2015). Prevalence and Predictors of Depressive Symptoms in Pregnant African American Women.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36(11). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/01612840.2015.1048014

Bentley, K.J., Price, S.K. & Cummings, C. (2014). A psychiatric medication decision support strategy for social work practice with pregnant and post-partum women.  Social Work, 59(4), 303-313. http://sw.oxfordjournals.org/content/59/4/303

Price, S.K., Gray, L.A. & El-Khoury, D. (2014).  Facilitating Mental Health Intervention in Home Visiting:  Learning from Content, Context, Clients, and Community. Zero to Three, 34(5), 28-34.

Gray, L. A. & Price, S. K. (2014).  Partnering for mental health promotion: Implementing evidence based  mental health services within a maternal and child health home visiting program. Clinical Social Work Journal, 42(1), 70-80. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10615-012-0426-x

Price, S.K. & Masho, S.W. (2013).  What does it mean when we screen? A closer examination of perinatal depression and psychosocial risk screening in one MCH home visiting program.  Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10995-013-1317-7/fulltext.html

Price, S.K. & Bentley, K.J. (2013).  Psychopharmacology decision-making among pregnant and postpartum women and health providers: Results from a national survey.  Women & Health, 53 (2), 154-172. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3646310/

Price, S.K., Foreman-Kready, S., Davey, T. Mogul, M. & Filipic, K.  (2013). Partnership process guidelines: Social work perspectives on creating and sustaining real world university-community partnerships.  Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 6(1), 45-54. Available online at: http://jces.ua.edu/partnership-process-guidelines-social-work-perspectives-on-creating-and-sustaining-real-world-university-community-partnerships/

Price, S.K.  & Filipic, K.C. (2013).  Daily life or diagnosis? Dual perspectives on perinatal depression within maternal and child health home visiting.  Social Work in Public Health, 28(6), 554 - 565. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3744772/

Price, S.K. & McLeod, D.A. (2012).  Definitional distinctions in response to perinatal loss and fertility barriers.  Illness, Crisis and Loss, 20(3), 255-273. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/IL.20.3.d.

Price, S.K. , Corder-Mabe, J. & Austin, K. (2012).  Perinatal depression screening and intervention: Enhancing health provider involvement.  Journal of Women’s Health, 21(4), 447-455. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2011.3172. http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jwh.2011.3172