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Sarah E. Wiehe, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Indiana University School of Medicine
2007-2010 Cohort
Project Title:  "Space-Time Analysis of Adolescent Health-Risk Behaviors"

About the Project:

This study aimed to examine the dynamic context, or the changing physical and social environments, as it relates to health-risk behaviors of adolescent young women by 1) employing global position satellite (GPS)-enabled cell phones to continually track their movements for four one-week periods over the course of a year; and 2) using qualitative techniques to identify important contextual constructs to health-risk behaviors.


Sarah Wiehe, M.D., M.P.H. is a pediatrician and public health researcher at Children’s Health Services Research Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She attended the University of Chicago for undergraduate studies, where she majored in economics and biology. Wiehe continued there for medical school, and did her pediatric residency at the University of Washington. Following a chief residency there, she got a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program fellowship and completed a Master’s in Public Health in epidemiology.

Wiehe is interested in how an individual's physical and social context influences adolescent health-risk behaviors such as smoking, substance use, and risky sexual activity.  Her Physician Faculty Scholars Program project was entitled "Space-Time Analysis of Adolescent Health-Risk Behaviors." She tracked the locations of young women using GPS-enabled cell phones to assess how their paths are different based on their health-risk behavior choices. Using qualitative and visual sociological techniques, she aimed to develop a set of contextual characteristics potentially pertinent to adolescent health-risk choices.

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