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Assistant Professor, Psychology
Director, M.A. in Community Psychology Program

Pictured is Sarah Schulz, Ph.D., LSW, assistant professor of psychology and director of the M.A. in clinical-community psychology program. | Photo by Annie BrewerContact Information


  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Science, Social Work, University of Michigan
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

Courses Taught

  • Psychology of Diversity

  • LGBTQ Mental Health

  • Qualitative Research Methods (Undergraduate and Graduate)

  • Social Welfare Policy


Sarah L. Schulz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at Point Park University. She is also director of the M.A. in community psychology program and faculty advisor of the Gender and Sexuality Spectrum Alliance, which is in support and celebration of the LGBTQ community at Point Park.

Schulz's research interests focus on mental health, medical sociology and gender studies, with an emphasis on addressing barriers to health care faced by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Her research interests are grounded in more than 10 years of practice as a psychiatric social worker in a variety of practice settings. Prior to joining the faculty at Point Park, she worked as a high-risk care manager at UPMC's Community Care Behavioral Health, where she was responsible for managing behavioral health care benefits for Medicaid and Medicare recipients. While pursuing her doctorate, Schulz worked as a clinical review specialist at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, California.

Schulz's current areas of teaching interest include generalist social work practice, qualitative research methods, behavioral health and social work practice with LGBT populations. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a Licensed Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Research Interests

  • Mental health
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Acute/emergency mental health care
  • Health care policy reform
  • Social determinants of health
  • Medical sociology
  • Managed health care
  • Qualitative research methods


  • "Standards/Guidelines Workgroup of the Task Force on Developing Humanistic Approaches to Psychological Diagnosis," Society for Humanistic Psychology: Division 32 of the American Psychological Association (APA), 2018, and "Standards and guidelines for the development of diagnostic nomenclatures and diagnostic alternatives," Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 2018.

  • "The informed consent model of transgender care: An alternative to psychiatric diagnosis," Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 2018.

  • "Psychological theories of disability and sexuality: A literature review," The Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 2009.
  • "Working with transgender individuals: Guidelines for beginning practitioners and students," The New Social Worker, 2004.

Selected Presentations

  • "Street Harassment: A Community Conversation," presentation at the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa., June 2018.

  • "#METOO:  What’s Next? Preparing Students for the Professional World and Changing Workplace Cultures," panel presentation hosted by the Center for Media Innovation and Title IX office of Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pa., March 2018.

  • "Street Harassment on Urban College Campuses: Unique Challenges and Opportunities," presentation at the Looking Forward: Combating Sexual Violence on Campus Student Summit, Point Park University, Pittsburgh Pa., March 2017.

  • "Intersectional Feminism," panel presentation with SisTers Pittsburgh and Free Imagination Leaders, Point Park University, Pittsburgh Pa., March 2017.

  • "Gender identity: Pending? Health and mental health care experiences of transmasculine individuals," paper presentation at Society for Social Work and Research 20th Annual Conference, Washington, DC., March 2017.

  • "Being genderqueer: Exploring the phenomenon of identities outside of the gender binary," Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, Ga., October 2011.

  • "Working with Transgender Patients: An Overview," Invited presentation/psychiatry staff training, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley, Calif., July 2011.

  • "Beyond Male and Female: Social Work Practice with Gender Variant Individuals," Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Francisco, Calif. October 2007.

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, Point Park University, 2018
  • Graduate Assistantship, University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2011
  • Research Assistantship, University of California, Berkeley, 2009-2010
  • William V. Power Graduate Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2007
  • Graduate Fellowship Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2006-2007
  • Undergraduate Research Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2001

Professional Licenses and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania State Social Work licensure
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Society for Social Work and Research

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