Sarah Stover Filer Zollweg

Sarah Zollweg, MPhil, BSN, RN is a PhD candidate and NIH/NIAAA Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University School of Nursing. Ms. Zollweg’s dissertation research focuses on the influence of multiple levels (i.e., intrapersonal, interpersonal, and structural) of stigma on alcohol use among sexual minority (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual) women. Ms. Zollweg is especially interested in the role that policies and other structural level factors (e.g., neighborhood environment) play in causing, upholding, and alleviating substance use-related health inequities. Ms. Zollweg’s primary mentor is Dr. Tonda Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Ms. Zollweg is a Predoctoral Fellow at Columbia University School of Nursing’s Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research and the Program for the Study of LGBT Health. Ms. Zollweg received both her BSN and BA in Spanish from the University of Michigan. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient and outpatient oncology, inpatient medical/surgical, dermatology, and health education and well-being programming.

Research Interests

built environment
harm reduction
health inequities
LGBT populations
policy (policies)
social determinants
social policy
urban policy


National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)