Dr. Sarah Woodruff

Dr. Sarah Woodruff

Associate Professor

Email: woodruff@uwindsor.caDr. Sarah Woodruff
Phone: (519)253-3000, ext. 4982
Office: H.K. Building Room 139

Community Health, Environment, and Wellness Lab

Postdoctoral Fellow: Propel, University of Waterloo
PhD: Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo (Nutrition)
MSc: University of New Brunswick (Kinesiology)
BPE University of New Brunswick (Kinesiology)

Research Interests:

Health & wellness of Canadians

Body weight management (energy balance)

Nutrition and physical activity patterns, behaviours, and attitudes

Environmental influences on health outcomes

Nutrition and physical activity assessment methodologies


I am a multidisciplinary researcher who strives to advance the health and wellness among Canadian children and adolescents.  More specifically, I am a community-based researcher who investigates the environmental influences (e.g., family, peers, school, media) on nutrition, physical activity, body image, and other health outcomes. Much of my research is done in partnership with various public health units, the Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA), Leadership Advancement for Women and Sport (LAWS), and the Ontario Student Nutrition Program. 

Recent Papers:

  • Santarossa S, Coyne P, Woodruff SJ. Exploring #nofilter images when a filter has in fact been used: Filtering the truth on Instagram through a mixed methods approach using Netlytic and photo analysis. Int J Virtual Comm Soc Networking. 2017; 9(1).
  • Santarossa S, Woodruff SJ.  #SocialMedia: The impact of a media literacy intervention on body image, self-esteem, disordered eating and/or eating disorders in males and females. Media and Education Research Journal 2017; 7(2):120-35.
  • Santarossa S, Coyne P, Lisinski C, Woodruff SJ. #Fitspo on Instagram: A mixed methods approach using Netlytic and photo analysis, uncovering the online discussion and author/image characteristics. J Health Psychol (Nov, 2016).  pii: 1359105316676334. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Woodruff SJ, Harrop B, Campbell K, Campbell T, Cole M.  Dietary Intake among 7th grade students attempting to gain weight. Can J Diet Prac Res. 2016; 77(2): 106-109.
  • Santarossa S, Ciccone J, Woodruff SJ.  An evaluation of the Kinect-Ed presentation, a motiving nutrition and cooking intervention for young adolescents.  Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2015 Sep;40(9):945-50. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2015-0110. Epub 2015 Aug 18.