Sarah Maxwell

Sarah Maxwell

Faculty Affiliate, The Hobson Wildenthal Honors College
Assistant Provost & Associate Professor
Joint appointment: Public Policy & Political Economy and Public & Nonprofit Management
Green Hall 2.806
Tags: Public and Nonprofit Management Public Policy public health and the enviornment

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Public Policy
George Mason University, School of Public Policy - 2004
M.A. - Mass Communications
University of Denver - 1994
B.S. - Psychology
Colorado State University - 1990

Research Areas

Research Interests
Health policy; tick-borne illness/Lyme Disease; infectious disease and vulnerable populations 


Tick-Borne Disease Risk and Exposure among Vulnerable Populations in Perceived Non-Endemic Regions. Zoonotic Dis. 2022, 2, 111-116.  2022 - publications
Triangulating the New Frontier of Health Geo-Data: Assessing Tick-Borne Disease Risk as an Occupational Hazard among Vulnerable Populations. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 9449.  2022 - publications
Assessing Tick-Borne Disease Risk and Surveillance: Toward a Multi-Modal Approach to Diagnostic Positioning and Prediction  2022 - Journal Article
Neurological Pain, Psychological Symptoms, and Diagnostic Struggles among Patients with Tick-Borne Diseases  2022 - journal article
Tick-Borne Surveillance Patterns in Perceived Non-Endemic Geographic Areas: Human Tick Encounters and Disease Outcomes 2021 - Journal Article
The Elusive Understanding of Lyme Disease in Non-Endemic Geographic Areas: An Exploratory Survey of Patients With Chronic Symptoms in Texas 2020 - Journal Article
How Partisanship Affected Public Reaction to the Potential of Hydroxychloroquine As a Treatment for COVID-19 2020 - Journal Article
Spatial and temporal comparison of perceived risks and confirmed cases of Lyme disease: an exploratory study of Google Trends  2020 - Journal Article


EPPS Teaching - Comet Awards Recognition - University of Texas at Dallas [2015]
EPPS Teaching - Comet Awards Recognition - University of Texas at Dallas [2014]
EPPS Teaching - Comet Awards Recognition (Spring & Fall)) - University of Texas at Dallas [2011]
Outstanding Teacher in Multicultural Education - University of Texas at Dallas, Office of Diversity and Community Engagement [2011]
Nominee, Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards - University of Texas at Dallas [2011]
Outstanding Faculty Member - University of Arizona, Eller College of Management Student Council [2008]
Outstanding Faculty Member - University of Arizona, Eller College of Management Student Council [2007]
Outstanding Faculty Member - University of Arizona, Eller College of Management Student Council [2006]
Outstanding Faculty Member - University of Arizona, Eller College of Management Student Council [2005]


Assistant Provost
University of Texas at Dallas, Office of Community College Relations [2018–Present]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2012–Present]
Associate Dean
UTD, Office of Undergraduate Education [2015–2017]
Assistant Dean
University of Texas at Dallas [2010–2012]
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2009–2012]
University of Arizona, Eller College of Management [2005–2009]
Maximus, Inc. [2004–2005]
National Youth Employment Coalition / National Council on Crime and Delinquency [2004–2018]
Comcor, lnc. [2001–2018]
National Youth Employment Coalition under grant from Annie E. Casey Foundation [1999–2003]


Beyond the Simple Use of Google Trends for Epidemiology: Spatiotemporal Patterns of Symptoms, Lab Tests and Confirmed Cases of Lyme Disease. American Public Health Association Conference.
2018/10 Kim, D., Maxwell, S.P., Le, Q
American Public Health Association Conference. 
Facebook stakeholder engagement by high-asset foundations.
2015/08 Maxwell, S.P. & Carboni, J.L
Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC. (double blind review; full paper submission)
Community engagement as a predictor of higher education matriculation
2014/03 Carboni, J.L., McNeely, C.L., Maxwell, S.P. 
8th Annual Public Administration Research Conference. University of Central Florida. 
Academic and industry mentoring-coaching partnerships for at-risk youth: C-CORE as an emerging and promising college model.
2012/10 Maxwell, S.P., & Connell, N.M.
University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute: Albuquerque, NM. 

Additional Information

Selected Presentations
  •  “Academic and Industry Mentoring-Coaching Partnerships for At-Risk Youth: C-CORE as an Emerging and Promising College Model,” University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute Conference: Facilitating Developmental Relationships for Success. Peer reviewed conference paper (accepted). October, 2012. 
  •  Webinar on Promising Practices in Mentoring and Coaching At-Risk Youth for US Department of Justice Mentoringgrantees (December, 2011) 
  •  Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), 25" Annual Research Conference (2003)
  •  National Association of Counties (2002)
  •  U.S. Department of Labor: Demonstration Grants Bidders Conference (2001, 2002)
  •  National Council ofluvenile and Family Courtludges, (2002)
  •  Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Annual Education Conference, (2002)
  •  Texas Workforce Commission Annual Conference, (2001)
  •  SER-Jobs for Progress National Conference, (2001 & 2002)
  •  American Correctional Association, 130th & 132nd Congress of Correction (2000 & 2002)
  •  Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), Annual Meeting (2000 & 2002)
Professional Experience
  • Consultant, 2004 -2005, Maximus, Inc.
    Subcontractor on large scale initiative to reform the DC’sjuvenilejustice system.
  • Consultant, 2004, National Youth Employment Coalition / National Council on Crime and Delinquency
    Wrote policy bulletin on employment for court-involved youth for OJJDP
  • Consultant, 1999-2003, National Youth Employment Coalition under grant from Annie E. Casey Foundation
    Researched and wrote policy narrative on high-risk youth and juvenile justice reform initiatives. Presented at national conferences and state trainings. Gathered and synthesized outcome data.
  • Consultant, 2001, Comcor, lnc.
    Evaluated youth programming for community corrections agency.
  • Consultant, 1998-1999, State of Florida, Education Policy Task Force -Juvenile Justice Accountability Board
    Wrote literature review and recommendations for Volume L “A Study of Vocational Programming in Juvenile Justice Commitment Facilities,” for the Education Policy Task Force commissioned by the Florida Legislature
  • National Coordinator, 1993-1997, Home Builders Institute, Educational Arm of the National Association of Home Builders (Washington, D.C.)
    Employed under numerous federal, state and private grants.
    Responsibilities included:
    Monitoring grant compliance across numerous states and agencies; Managing contracts and subcontracts; Managing national and state-level staff and providing technical assistance and support to sub-contractors; Writing grants; Overseeing start-up and operational phases of programs; overseeing partnerships with school districts, correctional facilities, and youth programs; and Developing and organizing a national task force sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Labor.

News Articles

Dallas Teen Shares Story after Tick Bite
Professor Turns Lyme Disease Fight into Facebook Campaign, Research
Dr. Sarah Maxwell took her two daughters to doctor after doctor to find out what was causing their extreme fatigue, joint pain, memory problems and flu-like symptoms. For two years, their illnesses remained a mystery.

“I kept saying, ‘Something’s wrong,’” said Maxwell, professor of public and nonprofit management in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. “We had some really frustrating experiences.”

Katharine, 18, and Claire, 16, went from competing in triathlons to missing months of school because they were so ill. Finally, they were diagnosed with Lyme disease, which is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lyme Club Promotes Awareness of Misunderstood Disease


  • 2018-- Ambassador, GLobal Lyme Alliance 
  • 2017-2018 Advisor, Infectious Disease High School Club 
  • 2012 Hosted US Department of Justice –HBI Sponsored Conference at UTD for federal mentoring grantees
  •  2008 Ethics Competition Judge, Better Business Bureau, Arizona 
  •  2005-2008 Coordinator, Arizona Networks, a non-profit funding newsletter with over 3500 subscribers
  •  2002-2004 Member, Community Advisory Board, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
  •  2002-2006 Member, PEPNet Working Group, National Youth Employment Coalition
  •  1995-1998 Member, Task Force on Employment and Training for Juvenile Offenders US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention/ US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration


Faculty Affiliate
Boston University School of Medicine, Laboratory for Human Neurobiology 
Research Affiliate
Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, George Mason University 
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, UTD Chapter 
Research Member
Research Member,  Integrate, Communicate, Inform (ICI)-Vector-borne Disease Working Group                                            
Vector Behavior in Transmission Ecology Research Coordination Network

Member, Scientific Board
Texas Lyme Alliance 
Member, Board of Directors
Kimiya International 
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Undergraduate Education Advisory Council 
Vice President
Seagoville’s Pathways to Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) Advisory Board, Dallas Independent School District 
City of Dallas Communication and Policy Institute Task Force


Principal Investigator, Nursing in the Fields
$50,000 - Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation [2020/01–2020/12]
Tickborne Disease Detection and Prevention among Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Texas
Principal Investigator, Texans & Ticks
- Lyme Disease Association, Inc [–2018/12]
An educational campaign on Lyme Disease and co-infections in Texas.
Principal Investigator, Youth Mentoring
$198.873 - United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention []
Home Builders Institute – C-CORE Mentoring Grant