SARA BYBEE, PhD, LCSW portrait
  • Research Assistant Professor, College Of Nursing
(801) 646-7569

Research Summary

My long-term goal is to conduct research that will ultimately improve the health and well being of historically marginalized or disadvantaged populations. I have expertise conducting research in the context of hospice, palliative, and end-of-life care, and have worked with priority populations such as sexual and gender minority populations and Spanish speaking Hispanic/Latino populations.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, College of Nursing, University of Utah
  • Master of Social Work, Social Work, Portland State University
  • Bachelors Degree, Community Health & Spanish, Tufts University


I am an Illinois native who moved to Utah in 2012. I have been a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Utah for nearly a decade and have worked at Primary Children's Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Institute. Through those experiences, I have gained insight into the struggles and triumphs of families facing various types of illnesses. In 2021, I graduated from the University of Utah with my PhD in Nursing. I joined the College of Nursing as faculty in 2023 and am thrilled to work alongside such committed and innovative scholars. In my free time, I enjoy running, biking, hiking, cooking, baking, reading novels, speaking Spanish, and playing with dogs.