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Sally A. Koblinsky

Sally A. Koblinsky

Professor Emerita, Family Science

Sally A. Koblinsky, PhD, is a Professor of Family Science and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She recently served as the University’s Assistant President and Chief of Staff (2008-11) and was formerly Chair of Family Science (1996-2008) and Acting Associate Dean of Administrative Affairs in the School of Public Health (2005-2007). Her research and publications focus primarily on family relations, parenting and child/adolescent development in low-income families, examining predictors of risk and resilience.

She has received federal, state and foundation grant support for 26 research and demonstration projects, including those that evaluate community-based interventions targeting behavioral health of veterans and their family members, community violence, substance abuse prevention, parenting, homelessness, adolescent pregnancy prevention, school-age child care and nutrition. She has authored over 100 refereed articles, chapters, and other publications, and presented more than 130 refereed papers at national conferences.

Areas of Interest


Dr. Koblinsky has been actively involved in designing, implementing and evaluating programs for veterans and service members, including those returning to college from the OIF/OEF conflicts.

She is Principal Investigator of a state grant from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, titled the Maryland Veterans Resilience Initiative: Enhancing Veterans’ Behavioral Health. The project has completed a needs assessment of more than 3,000 state behavioral and primary health care providers examining their ability to address veterans’ needs and has trained over 750 behavioral health professionals in the use of best practices for treating PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), sleep disorders, suicide ideation, substance abuse, and women veterans’ health problems, among other conditions.

The project is also building peer support programs for student veterans at community colleges and four-year institutions across the state. She is also Principal Investigator of a second state grant, Enhancing Women Veterans’ Behavioral Health funded by the state of Maryland.

Dr. Koblinsky serves as Evaluator of Serving Together, a 4-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant that is coordinating and strengthening behavioral health and other support services for military families in Montgomery County, MD. She created and directs the University’s Military Families Internship program, which has prepared more than 70 college seniors to work with veterans, service members, and their families at area military installations, health centers, and nonprofit agencies addressing military family needs.

PhD, Human Development and Family Science/Psychological Assessment, 1979

Oregon State University

MA, Developmental Psychology, 1973

San Francisco State University

AB, Psychology, 1971

University of California at Santa Cruz

FMSC477 Military Families Internship

FMSC730 Key Topics in Maternal and Child Health

FMSC789 Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals Seminar

Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor Award, Department of Family Science, 2015

Honorary Woman Veteran Award, Women Veterans Interactive Foundation, 2013

ADVANCE Professor, University of Maryland, 2012-2013

University of Maryland School of Public Health Jerry P. Wrenn Outstanding Service Award, 2012

University of Maryland Defender of Diversity Award. Annual award of the UMCP President’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, 2011

Outstanding Service and Commitment to Women and Women’s Issues at UMCP: Plaque received from UMCP President’s Commission on Women’s Issues, 2011

Fellow, American Council on Education, Washington, D.C., 2002-03

Outstanding Woman on Campus for the Academic Year 2000, President’s Commission on Women’s Issues, University of Maryland, College Park, 2000

Administrator Award for Outstanding Academic Unit, Annual Minority Achievement Awards, President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues, University of Maryland, 1997

Koblinsky, S.A., Hrapczynski, K.M., & Clark, J.E. (2015). Preparing future faculty and professionals for public health careersAmerican Journal of Public Health, 105 (S1), S125-S131. 

Koblinsky, S.A., Hrapczynski, K.M., & Leslie, L.A. (2015). Treating veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan: A state needs assessment of civilian physicians in internal and family medicineJournal of General Practice, 3(1). ISSN: 2329-9126. 

Vora, K.S., Koblinsky, S.A., & Koblinsky, M.A. (2015). Predictors of maternal health services utilization by poor, rural women: A comparative study in Indian states of Gujarat and Tamil NaduJournal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 33(9). DOI: 10.1186/s41043-015-0025-x

Koblinsky, S.A., Leslie, L., & Cook, E.T. (2014). Treating behavioral health conditions of OEF/OIF veterans and their families: A state needs assessment of civilian providersMilitary Behavioral Health, 2, 162-172.