Dr. Sara Wilcox is a Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and the director of the Prevention Research Center in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Wilcox is a clinical psychologist with a specialization in adult development and aging. She completed her doctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis and a two year postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention at Stanford University. She has been on the faculty at the University of South Carolina since 1999.
Dr. Wilcox’s primary area of expertise is in promoting physical activity, dietary change, and weight loss in adult underserved populations, particularly in African American adults and older adults. Her research involves working with community organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate behavioral, theory-based interventions that are delivered via community-based settings. She has both current and completed projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In most of these projects, she has overseen and supervised the development and implementation of the interventions. For the past 10 years, she has been working with faith communities to promote environmental, systems, and policy changes in churches.