Dr. Sarah L. Weinberger-Litman holds a PhD in Cognition, Brain and Behavior with a focus on Health Psychology, from the City University of New York. During graduate school, Sarah was a graduate teaching fellow at Brooklyn College where she first fell in love with teaching. After graduating she spent a year as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control. At Mount Sinai, Sarah explored different interventions aimed at improving quality of life for cancer patients. Next, Sarah spent and additional two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the HealthCare Chaplaincy where she had an opportunity to expand her research on the role of religion and spirituality in health outcomes with an emphasis on disordered eating and addictive behaviors.
As a health psychologist, Sarah’s teaching and research focuses on the intimate connection between psychological and physical health. Her overarching research focus is on women’s health and sexuality with an emphasis on modification of health behaviors, disordered eating and promotion of positive body image. She aims to bring a biopsychosocial approach to all of her classes – the recognition that a multitude of factors contributes to our overall health and well-being. She teaches classes in Introductory Psychology, Health Psychology, Statistics , Women’s Health, and Public Health. Sarah is also the associate producer of Hungry to be Heard, a documentary exploring eating disorders in the Orthodox Jewish community.
B.S., Brooklyn College, City University of New York
M.A., Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York
Litman, L., Robinson, J., Weinberger-Litman, S. L., & Finkelstein, R. (2017). Both Intrinsic and Extrinsic Religious Orientation are Positively Associated with Attitudes Toward Cleanliness: Exploring Multiple Routes from Godliness to Cleanliness. Journal of Religion and Health, 1-12.
Weinberger-Litman, S. L., Latzer, Y., Litman, L., & Ozick, R. (2017). Extrinsic Religious Orientation and Disordered Eating Pathology Among Modern Orthodox Israeli Adolescents: The Mediating Role of Adherence to the Superwoman Ideal and Body Dissatisfaction. Journal of Religion and Health, 1-14.
Weinberger-Litman, S. L., Rabin, L. A., Fogel, J., Mensinger, J. L., & Litman, L. (2016). Psychosocial mediators of the relationship between religious orientation and eating disorder risk factors in young Jewish women. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 8(4), 265.
Latzer, Yael, Sarah L. Weinberger-Litman, Leib Litman, and Orna Tzicshinsky. “The Interplay Between Eating and Sleeping Behavior in Adolescence: Normative and Disordered Trajectories.” In Bio-Psycho-Social Contributions to Understanding Eating Disorders, pp. 17-34. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
Latzer, Y., Weinberger-Litman, S. L., Gerson, B., Rosch, A., Mischel, R., Hinden, T., … & Silver, J. (2015). Negative religious coping predicts disordered eating pathology among orthodox Jewish adolescent girls. Journal of religion and health, 54(5), 1760-1771.
Litman, L., Rosen, Z., Spierer, D., Weinberger-Litman, S., Goldschein, A., & Robinson, J. (2015). Mobile exercise apps and increased leisure time exercise activity: a moderated mediation analysis of the role of self-efficacy and barriers. Journal of medical Internet research, 17(8).
Stein, D., Weinberger-Litman, S. L., & Latzer, Y. (2014). Psychosocial perspectives and the issue of prevention in childhood obesity. Frontiers in public health, 2.
Richards, P. S., Weinberger-Litman, S. L., Susov, S., & Berrett, M. E. (2013). Religiousness and spirituality in the etiology and treatment of eating disorders.
Hungry to be Heard: A look at eating disorders in the Orthodox Jewish Community