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College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Faculty and Staff Profile

Sarah Floyd

Assistant Professor

Office: 325.1 (Greenville)

Phone: (864) 656-5865


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Educational Background

PhD Health Services Research
University of Florida 2016

MPH Epidemiology
University of Georgia 2012

BSHP Health Promotion
University of Georgia 2010

Courses Taught

HLTH 2030: Overview of Health Care Systems
HLTH8120: Clinical and Translational Science


I am a health services researcher with research interests surrounding treatment variation and treatment effectiveness in musculoskeletal medicine. I also am interested in health care quality and health system performance. I was a Junior Service Fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the summer of 2013 and earned my Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2016. I served as a postdoctoral fellow and research assistant professor at the University of South Carolina and the Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopaedics (CERortho) from 2016-2020. My current research is focused on generating personalized comparative effectiveness evidence and using “practice-based evidence” to develop rapid learning or clinical decision support tools which can summarize personalized evidence during the clinical encounter. My long-term research goal is to discover ways in which we can deliver the best evidence to physicians to inform treatment decisions and improve clinical practice and patient outcomes. I enjoy leading research projects within the health system and working collaboratively with clinicians and other researchers.

Research Interests

Comparative effectiveness research, practice-based evidence for clinical practice improvement, health system performance, orthopaedic/musculoskeletal medicine, personalized treatment evidence, clinical decision support

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