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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.Div., Church Divinity School of the Pacific
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 recent research, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, infused 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 and/or mentors students in the B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. 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 promotion and tenure policy and issues related to faculty affairs. 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, New York. 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

  • 2019: Immunity to Change Facilitator, VCU ADVANCE-IT 
2018: Faculty Affiliate, Larry A. Green Center
  • 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

Teaching areas and interests


  • Social Work with Oppressed Groups (SLWK311): Lead course instructor
  • Social Work and Health Care (SLWK726): Online course development and instruction

Areas of teaching/mentoring expertise

  • Advisor:  MSW/MPH Dual Degree Program
  • Independent Study Topics/Mentoring: Women’s Reproductive Health; Interventions for Grief, Loss and Bereavement; Social Justice and Faith-Based Service Delivery
  • BSW Field Supervisor
  • PhD Advisor and Dissertation Chair

Research projects and funding

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. (2020, January 28). Redefining our cultural perceptions of motherhood and maternal health. Ms. Magazine.

Bouchard, L., Price, S.K. & Swan, L. (2020). The Role of the Contemporary Christian Church in the Rural American South: Philosophical Approaches to Operationalizing Religion in Research. Social Work and Christianity. 47(2), 47-64.

Price, S.K. & Coles, D.C. (2019). Clusters of behavioral health and psychosocial risk for childbearing women in four Virginia communities. Maternal and Child Health Journal (online first)

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.

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.

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). 

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.


Community Trainings/Workshops

Price, S.K. (2017, January).  Looking for Home: Experiences of Housing Insecurity in Greater Richmond.  Community forum presented on behalf of the ASPIRE Program.

Price, S.K. (2016, December). Psychosocial Interventions for Postpartum Depression.  Workshop presented for Postpartum Support Virginia, Central Virginia Provider Training.

Price, S.K. (2016, April). Translating Maternal and Child Health Knowledge into Community Practice.  Plenary presentation at Women’s Health Research Day, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Price, S.K. (2015, May).  Cultivating Partnerships: Expanding authentic partnership engagement across your career.  Workshop presention at the Community Engaged Research Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Price, S.K. (2015, February).  Grief across the Lifespan.  Plenary presentation for the RVA Grief Summit, University of Richmond.

Price, S.K., Coles, D.C. , Wingold, T. (2014, October).  Research, resources, and roadblocks:

Lessons learned from the first year of behavioral health integrated centralized intake in Virginia.  Workshop presentation for the Virginia Statewide Home Visiting Conference, Richmond VA.

Price, S.K. (2014, April).  Perinatal depression: Identification and intervention in the hospital setting.  Grand Rounds presentation for the Women’s Health Pavilion at Henrico Doctors Hospital