Sarah DeGue, PhD

Sarah DeGue

Senior Scientist, Research and Evaluation Branch, Division of Violence Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Sexual violence prevention
  • Teen dating violence prevention
  • Dating Matters®

Sarah DeGue, PhD, is a Senior Scientist in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), and lead for CDC’s Dating Matters® teen dating violence prevention initiative. Her work focuses primarily of the etiology and prevention of sexual violence. Key efforts have included a systematic review of primary prevention strategies for sexual violence perpetration, a review of alcohol policy approaches to sexual violence prevention, a systematic review of sexual violence risk and protective factors, an economic estimate of the societal costs of sexual violence, and CDC’s first technical package to prevent sexual violence. As lead for the Dating Matters initiative, Dr. DeGue’s work has focused on national dissemination of the first comprehensive, multi-level teen dating violence prevention model to ensure widespread adoption of this evidence-based strategy in communities across the US.

Dr. DeGue received her BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in adult forensic evaluation. Dr. DeGue started at CDC as a behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention in 2008. During her career at CDC, she has served as a scientific advisor and collaborator on multiple rigorous outcome studies examining the effectiveness of approaches to prevent sexual violence, teen dating violence, and youth violence.  She has also served as an advisor on evidence-based sexual violence prevention to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, the Department of Defense, the US Army, the US Air Force, CDC’s Rape Prevention and Education program, and several colleges and universities, and state and local health departments.

Dr. DeGue has published dozens of peer-reviewed manuscripts, government publications, book chapters, and articles and frequently serves as an invited speaker at national meetings and conferences. Her presentations address violence as a public health problem, evidence-based strategies to prevent sexual and teen dating violence, campus sexual assault, Dating Matters®, and the importance of creating and applying the best available research evidence for prevention.