Dr. Sarah M. Kaja

Sarah M. Kaja, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics. A graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology, Sarah's research involves optimizing the contributions of sport and physical activity to young people's development. 

She is particularly interested in how sport and physical activity environments can support children and adolescents' social connectedness and psychological well-being. Sarah conducts stakeholder-informed observational and intervention research with populations facing concomitant disparities in sport, physical activity, and mental health, and she is focused on getting young people the support for well-being they deserve. Sarah's work has been supported by The Williams Institute at UCLA and the Women's Sports Foundation, Children's Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute.