Ginnie Sawyer-Morris, Ph.D.

Ginnie Sawyer-Morris, Ph.D.
Ginnie Sawyer-Morris, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of Delaware
Phone: 410-837-3977 ext. 284
Fax: 410-752-4218
Research Interests

Dr. Sawyer-Morris is an early career research scientist with experience designing, implementing, and evaluating public health interventions addressing health disparities and addiction. Her research interests are health equity-focused and currently center on the design, use, and evaluation of digital health tools (e.g., data dashboards, digital health apps, digital therapeutics) with the aim of improving healthcare access and quality for historically underrepresented populations, specifically individuals with justice involvement and substance use disorder.

Dr. Sawyer-Morris completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Delaware with a specialized focus in advanced quantitative methodology and addiction science. She was a Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, where she explored novel applications of unsupervised, non-linear machine learning models (e.g., autoencoder) in health disparities research. She applied this training in her dissertation research using machine learning to explore gender differences in SUD recovery beyond early stages of treatment. This work was granted the Dan Rich Distinguished Dissertation Award, placing it in the top 2% of dissertation projects completed at the University of Delaware in 2022. Recently, she completed a postdoctoral position at the Addiction Policy Forum where she worked as a core member of an interdisciplinary team that reported to NIH leadership across multiple projects including two affiliated with NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative: HEAL Connections and the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN).

Selected Publications
Hulsey J., Zawislak K., Sawyer-Morris G., & Earnshaw V. (2023). Stigmatizing imagery for substance use disorders: A qualitative exploration. Health & Justice, 11 (1), 28.
Sawyer-Morris G., Wilde J., Molfenter T., Taxman F. (2023). Use of digital health and digital therapeutics to treat SUD in criminal justice settings: A review. Current Addiction Reports. 11, 149–162.
Wilde J. A., Zawislak K., Sawyer-Morris G., Hulsey J., Molfenter T., Taxman F. (2023). The adoption and sustainability of digital therapeutics in justice systems: A pilot feasibility study. International Journal of Drug Policy. 116, 104024.
Karpyn A., Pon J., Grajeda S. B., Wang R., Merritt K. E., Tracy T., May H., Sawyer-Morris G., Halverson M. M., & Hunt A. (2022). Understanding impacts of SNAP fruit and vegetable incentive program at farmers’ markets: Findings from a 13 state RCT. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (12), 7443.
Karpyn A., Pon J., Grajeda S., Wang R., Merritt K., Tracy T., May H., Sawyer-Morris G., Humphrey D. L., Hunt A. (2021). Purchases, Consumption, and BMI of SNAP Farmers’ Market Shoppers. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.
Sawyer-Morris G., Grajeda S., Tracy T., Karpyn A. (2021). Between- and within-group differences in fruit and vegetable purchases, consumption, and BMI among Hispanic farmers’ market shoppers who use SNAP. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (18), 9923.
Karpyn A., Ruhs B., Sawyer-Morris G., Weiss S., Grajeda S., LeVine D., Ohri-Vachaspati P. (2020). Evaluation of a supermarket environmental change intervention: Findings from a low-fat milk couponing and educational marketing pilot. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 8 (1), 145-162.
Tang J., Hallam R., Sawyer-Morris G. (2020). Parents’ perceptions of early care and education arrangement: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Early Education and Development, 32 (3), 480-500.
Karpyn A., Sawyer-Morris G., Grajeda S., Tilley K., Wolgast W. (2019). Use of Animal Characters on Menu Boards Results in Healthier Purchases at Zoo Concession Stands. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52 (1), 80-86.