Health Studies

Independence Square II, 25 Independence Way, Kingston, RI 02881

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Dr. Natalie Sabik

  • Assistant Professor
  • Independence Square, Rm 225
  • Phone: 401.874.5439
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Dr. Sabik’s research is in the areas of psychology, gender studies, and public health. Specifically, she examines how self-perceptions and identity “get under the skin” to affect individuals’ health and psychological-well being.

She has two primary lines of research; in the first, she examines how perceptions of gender, age, ethnicity, and other social and identity factors influence health and well-being, particularly among older women. In the second, she examines potential biological pathways linking social and individual perceptions to health outcomes. Specifically, she examines whether negative self-perceptions, such as low body esteem, are linked to higher levels of stress and consequently, poor health. Her research provides information about how cultural and social factors contribute to psychological and physical health outcomes, with implications for health disparities across social groups.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brandeis University
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • M.S., University of Michigan
  • M.A., George Washington University
  • B.A., The Ohio State University



Sabik, N. J.  & Cole, E. R. (in press) Growing older and staying positive: Associations between diverse aging women’s perceptions of age and body satisfaction. Journal of Adult Development.

Sabik, N. & Versey, H. S. (2016). Functional limitations, body perceptions, and health outcomes among older African American women. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22(4), 594-601.

Sabik, N. J. (2016) Is social engagement linked to body perceptions and depression among aging women? Journal of Women and Aging. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/08952841.2016.1213106

Sabik, N. J., & Versey, H. S. (2016). Functional limitations, body perceptions, and health outcomes among African American women. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication.

 Sabik, N. J. (2016). Digging deeper: Research practices and recommendations for exploring intersectionality and social and cultural influences on personality, identity, and well-being. In T. A. Roberts, N. Curtin, L. Cortina, & L. Duncan (Eds.), Feminist Perspectives on Building a Better Psychological Science of Gender.Springer International Publishing. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-32141-7

Lupis, S. B., Sabik, N. J., & Wolf, J. M. (2015). Role of shame and body esteem in cortisol stress responses. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1-14.

Sabik, N. J. (2015). Body image. In S. K. Whitbourne, The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. Wiley Publishing.

Geiger, A., Sabik, N. J., Lupis, S., & Wolf, J. M. (2014). Body esteem moderates the association between social exchanges and psychological and biological stress. Biological Psychology, 103, 297-304.

Sabik, N. J. (2013). Ageism and body esteem: Associations with psychological well-being among late middle-aged African American and European American women. Journals of Gerontology, Series B. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbt080

Sabik, N. J., Cole, E. R., & Ward, L. M. (2010). Are all minority women equally buffered from negative body image? Intra-ethnic moderators of the buffering hypothesis. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 139-151. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2010.01557.x

Tylka, T. L., & Sabik, N. J. (2010). Integrating social comparison theory and self esteem within objectification theory to predict women’s disordered eating. Sex Roles, 63 (1-2), 18-31. doi: 10.1007/s11199-010-9785-3

Cole, E. R., & Sabik, N. J. (2010). Associations between femininity and women’s political behavior during midlife. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 508-520. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2010.01600.x

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