Molly Malany Sayre

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Molly Malany Sayre

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Molly Malany Sayre earned a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Kentucky in 2016. She researches a wide range of topics in social work, primarily the causes and implications of inequality and health.

In her doctoral research, Sayre examined how allostatic load (the “wear and tear” on the body caused by stress) affects birth outcomes, exploring whether and how physiological responses to stress can influence inequality, even before a person is born. In her most recent analysis, Sayre found that higher maternal allostatic load in the third trimester predicted shorter length of gestation among full-term (> 37 weeks’ gestation) deliveries.

Sayre also conducts research on experiential education and pedagogy in social work education. Her teaching has included introductory social work courses, health and inequality, community practice and research, and social welfare policy.


  • Ph.D, University of Kentucky, 2016
  • M.S.W., University of Cincinnati, 2008
  • B.A., College of Wooster, 2002

Professional Activities

  • Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Council of Social Work Education
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems