Sarah McKee (she/her)

Entered the Program: 2017

Hometown: Austin, TX

Current Program: PhD with a specialization in Health, Wellbeing, and Prevention

Previous Education:

  • MA, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2019
  • BA, Psychology, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2010

Research Interests:

  • School wellness policies
  • Role of the school context in developing healthy eating behaviors
  • Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model

Advising Committee:

Teaching Experience:

Assistantship Experience:

  • Research assistant: UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Fall 2017 — present
  • Graduate assistant: HDFS Undergraduate Honors Program, Spring 2018 — Spring 2020
  • Graduate assistant: HDFS College Career Pathways Program, Fall 2017


  • McKee, S.L., Thorne, T.A., Koslouski, J.B., Chafouleas, S.M., & Schwartz, M.B. (2022). Assessing district policy alignment with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model in Connecticut, 2019 to 2020. Journal of School Health, 92(6), 594-604.
  • McKee, S.L., Xu, R., & Schwartz, M.B. (2022). Assessing the effects of a statewide training initiative on local school wellness policies. Health Promotion Practice.
  • McKee, S.L., Gurganus, E.A., Atoloye, A.T., Xu, R., Martin, K., & Schwartz, M.B. (2021). Pilot testing an intervention to educate and promote nutritious choices at food pantries. Journal of Public Health.
  • Connolly, K., Babbin, M.I., McKee, S.L., McGinn, K., Cohen, J.F.W., Chafouleas, S.M., & Schwartz, M.B. (2021). Dedication, innovation, and collaboration: A mixed-methods analysis of school meals in Connecticut during COVID-19. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(2), 1–17.
  • Koriakin, T.A., McKee, S.L., Schwartz, M.B. and Chafouleas, S.M. (2020). Development of a comprehensive tool for school health policy evaluation: The WellSAT WSCC. Journal of School Health, 90(12), 923-939.
  • McKee, S.L., Cooksey-Stowers, K., St. Louis, R., & Schwartz, M.B. (2019). Understanding the
    process of implementing nutrition and physical activity policies in a large national child care
    organization: A mixed-methods study. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 10(3), 801-811.


  • Summer Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, The Graduate School, Summer 2022
  • Outstanding Student Abstract, American Public Health Association-School Health Education and Services section, 2019
  • Doctoral Student Travel Fellowship, The Graduate School, Fall 2019
Sarah McKee
Contact Information
File McKee CV 6-10-2022