faculty profile

Sarah C. Fogel   PhD, RN, FAAN

Director, ASN-MSN


Dr. Fogel serves as the Program Director for the program of studies designed specifically for RN students (ADN and Diploma nurses). She has been on the Vanderbilt School of Nursing faculty for many years and brings a wealth of experience to the needs of the working adult learner. 

In addition to her interest in nursing education, Dr. Fogel is involved in community and adult health and has an international reputation for her work in sexual minority health disparities focusing on obesity among lesbians and bisexual women.


  • PhD, Vanderbilt University Graduate School (Doctor of Philosophy)
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (Adult Health Nurse/Nursing)
  • MM, Wayne State University
  • BM, Boston University

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Sexual Minority Women and Obesity
  • Disclosure of sensitive information to healthcare providers
  • Parish Nursing

Current Projects

Developer and Consultant: Healthy Weight in Lesbian and Bisexual Women: Striving for a Healthy Community. George Washington University and Mautner Project. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women?s Health, $381,825. October 2012 - September 2014.

Evaluation of a Predominantly Lesbian Weight Loss Group. Funded by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association's Lesbian Health Fund.

Principal Investigator: An Ethnographic Study of a Weight Loss/Risk Reduction Program for Sexual Minority Women. Funded by Vanderbilt University CTSA Grant UL1RR024975 from NCRR/NIH, August 2010 - July 2011.

Principal Investigator: Tackling the Lesbian Obesity Epidemic: Weight Loss Messaging and Support in a Culturally Competent Environment. In conjunction with the Mautner Project. Funded by the District of Columbia Department of Health. June 2010 - May 2013.

Representative Publications


Eliason, M. J., & Fogel, S. C. (2015). An Ecological Framework for Sexual Minority Women's Health: Factors Associated with Greater Body Mass. Journal of Homosexuality. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2014.1003007

Fogel, S. C., Hande, K. A. & Kennedy, B. (2015). Transforming a Curriculum to Progress the Associate Degree Nurse to Advanced Practice. Nurse Educator, 40(5).

Fogel, S. C., & Eliason, M. (2016). Body size/weight. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (to be available online and in print in May, 2016). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Garbers, S., McDonnell, C., Fogel, S. C., Eliason, M., Ingraham, N., McElroy, J. A., Radix, A., & Haynes, S. G. (2015). Aging, Weight, and Health Among Adult Lesbian and Bisexual Women: A Metasynthesis of the Multisite -"Healthy Weight Initiative"- Focus Groups. LGBT Health. DOI: 10.1089/lgbt.2014.0082

 Eliason, M. J, Ingraham, N., Fogel, S. C., McElroy, J. A., Lorvick, J., Mauery, D. R., & Haynes, S. (2015). A Systematic Review of the Literature on Weight in Sexual Minority Women. Women's Health Issues 25-2 (2015) 162-175.

 *Fogel, S. C., Calman, L. & Magrini, D. (2012). Lesbians' and Bisexual Women's Definition of Health. Journal of Homosexuality, 59:6, 851-863

 *Fogel, S. C., Young, L. & McPherson, J. B. (2009). The Experience of Group Weight Loss Efforts Among Lesbians. Women & Health, 49 (6), 540 - 554.

 *Fogel, S.C., Young, L., Dietrich, M., & Blakemore, D. (2012) Weight loss and related behavior changes among lesbians. Journal of Homosexuality, 59(5), 689-702.

 Fogel, S.C. (2010). But I have big bones! Obesity in the lesbian community. In S.L. dibble & P.A. Robertson, (Eds.). Lesbian Health 101: A Clinician's Guide. UCSF Nursing Press: San Francisco, CA.

*Fogel, S. C., & Tothacer, A. C. (2006). Perceptions of health in an African American congregation. Health Ministries Journal. Fall/Winter.

*Fogel, S. C. (2005). Identifying facilitators and barriers to disclosure of sexual identity to healthcare providers. Kansas Nurse, 80(9), 1-3.

* indicates refereed

Professional Organizations

  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, Boar of Directors, VP for Lesbian Health Fund
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Tennessee/American Nurses Association