Sarah Abigail Birken

Assistant Professor; Director of Program on Implementation and Organization Research, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control

Area of interest

Birken’s research focuses on translating evidence into practice. Specifically, Birken studies middle managers’ role in implementing evidence-based practices, the selection and application of implementation theories, and the implementation of innovations in cancer care, such as HPV vaccinations, survivorship care plans, and risk-stratified guidelines for CT imaging for hematuria.

Awards and Honors

  • Emerging Scholar, Academy of Management Health Care Management Division’s Emerging Scholars Consortium. Anaheim, CA. August 5, 2016.
  •  Alumna Member, Delta Omega Theta Chapter. The Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. March 2015.
  •  Outstanding Reviewer, Healthcare Management Division. 2014 and 2015 Annual Meetings of the Academy of Management.
  •  Fellow, Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation in Research in Cancer. National Cancer Institute. St. Louis, MO. June 2014 – June 2016.
  •  Fellow, Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation in Health. National Cancer Institute. Chapel Hill, NC. June 2011.