Professor Emerita, Family Science
Other Affiliations: UMD Prevention Research Center
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1142E,School of Public Health

Office Hours: 

Call or e-mail for appointment

CV / Resume
PDF icon Koblinsky CV February 2016.pdf

Sally A. Koblinsky, Ph.D., 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.

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 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.

Education and Training

Ph.D., Human Development and Family Science/Psychological Assessment, Oregon State University, 1979

M.A., Developmental Psychology, San Francisco State University, 1973

A.B., Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz, Psychology, 1971



  • FMSC 477: Military Families Internship
  • FMSC 730: Key Topics in Maternal and Child Health
  • FMSC 789: Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals Seminar


  • FMSC332: Children in Families
  • FMSC381: Poverty, Affluence, and Families
  • FMSC603: Programmatic Approaches to Family Problems
  • FMSC700: Research Methods in Family Science
Honors and Awards

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


Dr. Leigh Leslie (Military Families)


Koblinsky, S.A., Hrapczynski, K.M., & Clark, J.E. (2015). Preparing future faculty and professionals for public health careers. American 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 medicine. Journal 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 Nadu. Journal 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 providers. Military Behavioral Health, 2, 162-172.

Maring, E.F., and Koblinsky, S.A. (2013). Teachers’ challenges, strategies, and support needs in schools affected by community violence: A qualitative study. Journal of School Health, 83, 379-388.  

Koblinsky, S.A., & Okolo, Z. (2012).  Military Families Internship:  Strengthening families and communities. National Council on Family Relations Report, 57(1), 6-8.

Oravecz, L.M., Osteen, P.J., Sharpe, T.L., Randolph, S.M. & Koblinsky, S.A.(2011). Assessing low-income African-American preschoolers’ behavior problems in relationship to community violence, inter-partner conflict, parenting, informal social support and social skills. Child & Family Social Work, 16(3), 310-324.

Pinzon, A., Koblinsky, S.A., & Hofferth, S. (2009).  Work-related injuries of child street laborers in Latin American cities: Prevalence and predictors.  Pan American Journal of Public Health, 26(3), 235-243.

Ji, C. S., & Koblinsky, S.A.  (2009). Parent involvement in children’s education:  An exploratory study of urban, Chinese immigrant families. Urban Education, 44(6), 687-709.

Koblinsky, S.A., Buckmiller, N., Leslie, L., & Roy, K..M. (2008). Voices of student veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. College Park, MD: University of Maryland.

Oravecz, L.A., Koblinsky, S.A., & Randolph, S.M. (2008). Community violence, family conflict, parenting, and social support as predictors of the social competence of African American preschool children. Journal of Black Psychology, 34(2), 192-216

Koblinsky, S. A., Kuvalanka, K., & Randolph, S. M. (2006).  Social skills and behavior problems of urban, African American preschoolers: Role of parenting practices, family conflict, and maternal depression. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(4), 554-563.

Koblinsky, S. A., Kuvalanka, K., McClintock-Comeaux, M. (2006). Preparing Future Faculty and Family Professionals. Family Relations, 55, 29-43.

Letiecq, B. L., & Koblinsky, S. A. (2004). Parenting in violent neighborhoods: African American fathers’ strategies for keeping children safe. Journal of Family Issues25(6), 715-734.