The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Sarah Canham, PhD

Associate Professor

Sarah Canham, PhD

University Faculty Profile

Sarah Canham, PhD, is an Associate Professor in College of Social Work as well as with the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning in the College of Architecture and Planning. She is also the incoming Associate Director of the Interprofessional Education program at The University of Utah. Sarah completed her doctorate in Gerontology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and postdoctoral training in the Department of Mental Health at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. She also received a Master of Arts degree in Applied Sociology and Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Studies. 

Sarah’s community-based research engages with a broad network of providers, clinicians, and persons with lived experience to examine homelessness, service delivery, mental health, and aging. Using a social justice lens, Sarah’s work seeks solutions to systemic barriers to aging well in various environments. Her recent research has examined the experience of hospital discharge for older adults who are experiencing homelessness and the feasibility of intervention research with this population. Sarah also has an active role in the Gerontological Society of America, where she is the convener for the Aging, Alcohol, and Addictions Interest Group. In addition, as a knowledge expert on substance use disorders among older adults, Sarah works with two collaboratives of national experts (one in Canada; a second in the U.S.) to develop clinical guidelines that can assist healthcare professionals identify and treat substance use disorders among older adults.