Sarah L. Goff

UMass Amherst Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management Sarah Goff
Associate Professor and Program Head, Health Policy and Management
325 Arnold House


BS, Yale University, 1991; MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 1996; Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Yale School of Medicine, 2003-2005; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, 2011-2013; NIH Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. 2017; PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018

Area(s) of Specialization: 

maternal-child health care quality; organizational behavior; communication in health care; implementation science; healthcare equity

Research Description: 

As a health services researcher and practicing pediatrician and internist, my research broadly seeks to address issues of quality and equity in the U.S. health care system. Much of my work focuses on health and health care for women and children. Recent studies include determining the relationship between organizational factors and pediatric health care quality, identifying barriers to effective implementation of evidence-based guidelines for perinatal depression in pediatric practices, and determining whether Medicaid accountable care organizations improve asthma outcomes for children at high risk for disparate care and outcomes. I am a mixed-methodologist and use administrative data, surveys, key-informant interviews, focus groups, secondary textual analyses, and ethnographic methods to answer my research questions. I not only enjoy multi-disciplinary collaboration, but believe it is necessary to draw on the expertise found across many disciplines, including community-based partners, when trying to understand and address issues of quality and equity in the U.S. health care system.

Learn more about my research on my research lab's web site, Quality for All.

Key Publications: 

Goff SL, Gurewich D, Alcusky M, Kachoria A, Nicholson J, Himmelstein J. Barriers and facilitators to implementation of value-based care models in new Medicaid accountable care organizations in Massachusetts: A study protocol. Front Public Health. (2021).  

Goff SL, Moran M, Szegda K,* Fioroni T,* DeBanate M, Byatt N. Development and pilot-testing of an adaptable protocol to address postpartum depression in pediatric practices serving lower-income and racial/ethnic minority families: Contextual considerations. Implement Sci Commun. 166 (2020).  

Goff SL, Mazor KM, Pekow PS, Priya A, Lindenauer PK. Characteristics of High Performing Primary Care Pediatric Practices: A Qualitative Study. Acad Pediatr pii: S1876-2859(18)30717-4. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2019.04.005. [Epub ahead of print]

Goff SL, Mazor KM, Priya A, Moran M, Pekow PS, Lindenauer PK. Organizational characteristics associated with high performance on quality measures in pediatric primary care: A positive deviance study. Health Care Manage Rev. 2019 May 20. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000247

Goff SL, Mazor KM, Pekow PS, White KO, Priya A, Lagu T, Guhn-Knight H, Murphy L, Youssef Budway Y, Lindenauer PK. Patient navigators and parent use of quality data: A randomized trial. Pediatrics 138: pii: e20161140 (2016).

Goff SL, Pekow PS, Avrunin J, Lagu T, Markenson G, Lindenauer PK. Patterns of Obstetric Infection Rates in a Large Sample of U.S. Hospitals. Am J Obstet Gynecol 208: 456.e1-456.e13 (2013).

Goff SL, Mazor KM, Guhn-Knight H, Budway YY, Murphy L, White KO, Lagu T, Pekow PS, Priya A, Lindenauer PK. Factors That Matter to Low-Income and Racial/Ethnic Minority Mothers When Choosing a Pediatric Practice: A Mixed Methods Analysis. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities 4:1051-1060 (2017).