Sarah Sipe, MA

Clinical Research Coordinator

Sarah Sipe is the Clinical Research Coordinator for the A+ Assessment study that is part of the Duke Autism Center of Excellence. Her responsibilities include coordinating study activities and visits; recruiting and scheduling study participants; tracking participant retention and implementing strategies to maximize recruitment and retention; collecting, compiling, documenting and analyzing research data; maintaining all study documentation; providing direction to study teams with preparation for study monitoring or study audit visits, and addressing and correcting audit/monitor findings; and communicating and coordinating with other study personnel for the successful implementation of the Duke ACE.

Sarah joined the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development in March 2018. A native of Northeast Indiana, Sarah received her Bachelor’s in biology, cum laude, with a minor in psychology from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. After graduation, Sarah worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist for young children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Her favorite part of this position was being able to witness the small victories the children would achieve and getting to play a role in their progress and development.

In 2015, Sarah moved to North Carolina to pursue her Master’s in Experimental Psychology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Under the direction of Dr. Thanujeni Pathman, Sarah conducted research on the development of children’s learning and memory and gained extensive experience managing research projects from start to finish. Notably, Sarah initiated a research collaboration with the local children’s museum where she conducted her Master’s thesis work. She also worked as a graduate teaching assistant during her tenure at UNCG, assisting both undergraduate and graduate courses. During the Summers, Sarah served as a counselor for the UNCG Psychology Clinic’s DREAM Camp – a summer camp for children and adolescents on the spectrum. Sarah collaborated with other counselors to conduct eligibility screenings on campers, recruit volunteers from the community for daily camp activities and demonstrations, and lead a classroom of children at the camp.

Sarah is passionate about child development and research that can inform interventions and educational services for children with disabilities. She is thrilled to be a part of the DCABD and to be a part of the exciting work that is happening here! In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running, reading, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

Representative Publications

Sipe, S. J., Pathman, T. (2018). Relations in Memory: Examining the development of children’s episodic and semantic memory.

Manuscript in preparation.