Sarah Saint Hamilton

Institute of Gerontology, Health Promotion & Behavior,
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of Social Support Services, Cognitive Aging Research & Education (CARE) Center

Curriculum Vitae

Institute of Gerontology, Health Promotion & Behavior,

Dr. Sarah Saint Hamilton is a Lifespan Developmental Psychologist, Licensed Master Social Worker, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the UGA Institute of Gerontology. Dr. Saint Hamilton also serves as the Director of Social Support Services for the Cognitive Aging Research and Education (CARE) Center, which is a clinic that offers dementia diagnosis, education, and support to the community. In this role, Dr. Saint Hamilton mentors MSW students who complete their concentration practicum experience at the CARE Center. These students gain experience in case management, psychosocial assessment, delivering patient and care partner education, assisting with a bi-monthly caregiver support group, and providing referrals to community resources. In addition to her contributions to the CARE Center, Dr. Saint Hamilton teaches 7 courses per year, and has developed several new offerings for the Institute of Gerontology’s curriculum. One of Dr. Saint Hamilton’s primary learning goals for any course that she teaches is for students to confront and explore their own biases and become exposed to points of view and life experiences that are different from their own. This is especially true for her service-learning course, as students interact with older adults in the Athens community in mutually beneficial ways.

  • PhD, University of Georgia, 2017, Behavioral and Brain Sciences/Developmental Psychology
  • MS, University of Georgia, 2014, Behavioral and Brain Sciences/Developmental Psychology
  • MSW, University of Georgia, 2010, Social Work
  • BA, Manhattanville College, 2008, Psychology
Areas of Expertise

Lifespan Human Development; Aging; Nutrition; Visual Development; Maternal & Child Health; Social Work; Clinical Practice; Caregiving for Persons with Dementia; Health Disparities

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Team Impact Award Co-Recipient (CARE Center), UGA Office of the Vice President for Research, 2023

Service-Learning Fellow, University of Georgia, 2020-2021

Charles L. Darby Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Georgia Psychology Department, 2016 & 2017

Diversity and Inclusion Graduate (DIG) Fellow, University of Georgia, 2016-2017

Future Faculty Fellow, University of Georgia Center for Teaching and Learning, 2015-2016

Course Instruction

Undergraduate Level
GRNT 3010S: Diversity in Aging – A Service-Learning Experience
GRNT 3100E: Early Life Influences on Aging (online)
GRNT 3200E: Intro. to Lifespan Health Psychology (online)
GRNT 4960R/4970R/4980R: Undergraduate Research Experience I/II/III

Graduate Level
GRNT 7100E: Early Life Influences on Aging (online)
GRNT 7200E: Lifespan Health Psychology (online)
GRNT 7500E: Aging in Society (online)
GRNT 8010: Advanced Topics in Gerontological Practice/Independent Study