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Sabrina Avripas

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Director
Sabrina has expertise in studies focused on the health of racial, ethnic, gender, and minority populations through a trauma-informed lens.

Sabrina is a senior research director in NORC’s Public Health department. She has over 20 years of experience leading, managing, and designing research projects for federal organizations, private foundations, and academic institutions. She brings to her work training in clinical social work and public health research and experience using a variety of methods in an interdisciplinary context.

Specifically, Sabrina provides leadership and multi-mode methodological expertise to studies focused on the health of racial, ethnic, gender, and minority populations through a trauma-informed lens. In addition to project leadership, she is active in all levels of business development ranging from the development of proposals for small private and not for profit organizations to grant administration for large federal institutions.

At NORC, Sabrina leads the organizational wide Sexual & Gender Minority research steering committee. She also spearheads the development of the Community-Engaged Research Framework Toolkit that supports NORC staff in conducting community-engaged research with a diversity, racial equity, and inclusion (DREI) lens.

Project Contributions

Survey of Today’s Adolescent Relationships and Transitions

Understanding sexual behavior of Black and Latino young men to prevent HIV


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health

The Indiana University Abortion Attitudes Project

A multi-year study aimed at developing and testing measures to assess abortion attitudes


Indiana University

Adolescent SBIRT Initiative: Preparing the Health Professional Workforce

Preparing Health Professionals to Screen and Intervene for Youth Substance Use and Mental Health Risk


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

A Study of Women’s Health Needs in the U.S.

A major study of women in the U.S. from countries with high rates of female genital mutilation


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health

Emerging Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Aging with HIV

Helping HRSA evaluate strategies to improve the health of older adults with HIV


Health Resources and Services Administration