Janice A. Sabin, PhD, MSW

Research Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education




The science of implicit (unconscious) bias and effects on medical care; workforce diversity; health equity and social determinants of health; health care delivery to health disparity populations; patient-provider communication; culturally tailored health communication, faculty development.


MSW Health/Mental Health (UW); NIMH Prevention Science Research Trainee; PhD Social Welfare (UW). One of the earliest investigators in the nation to apply the science of implicit bias to health care disparities research.


The science of implicit bias; pediatricians’ racial bias/discrimination in treatment decisions, provider race and /weight bias; stereotypes toward people with mental illnesses; lesbian women and gay men; design/evaluate health disparities education for faculty, graduate medical and nursing trainees.


Interactive, online/in-person presentation/workshops on healthcare disparities and the science of implicit bias. Mentor trainees interested in health equity.

Other Roles:

Faculty: Pediatric Pulmonary Leadership Training Grant (MCHB) Seattle Children’s Hospital,  Affiliated Faculty: UWSOM Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI), Adjunct Faculty: School of Social Work.

Representative publications:


Sabin, JA, Rivara, FP, Greenwald, AG, 2008. Physician implicit attitudes and stereotypes about race and quality of medical care, Medical Care, 46 (7) July 2008, 678-685. PMID:18580386

Sabin, JA, Nosek, BA, Greenwald, AG, Rivara, FP, 2009. Physician implicit and explicit attitudes about race by MD race/ethnicity and gender. J of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 20 (3), 903-920. PMID:19648715, NIHMS365001  

Cooper, LA, Roter, D, Carson, KA, Beach, M, Sabin, JA, Greenwald, AG, Inui, TS, 2012. Implicit Racial Bias among Clinicians, Communication Behaviors, and Patient Ratings of Interpersonal Care, American Journal of Public Health 102 (5), 979-987. PMID:2420787

Sabin, JA, Greenwald AG, 2012.The Influence of Implicit Bias on Treatment Recommendations for Four Common Pediatric Conditions: Pain, Urinary Tract Infection, ADHD, and Asthma, American Journal of Public Health 102 (5), 988-995. PMID: 22420817

Sabin, JA, Stuber, J, Rocha, A, Greenwald, A, 2015, Providers’ Implicit and Explicit Beliefs about Mental Illnesses and Clinical Competencies in Recovery, Social Work in Mental Health, 13, 495-513.

Sabin, JA, Riskind, R, Nosek, BA, 2015, Healthcare Provider’s Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Toward Lesbian Women and Gay Men, American Journal of Public Health, 105 (9), 1831-1841.

Sabin, JA, Moore, K, Noonan, C, Lallemand, O, Buchwald, D, 2015, Implicit and Explicit Attitudes about Weight and Race and their Association with Weight Management of American Indian Children, Childhood Obesity, 11, (4), 456-465.

Martin, G, Kirgis, J, Sid, E, Sabin, JA, 2016, Equitable Imagery in the Pre-Clinical Medical School Curriculum, Academic Medicine, published first on line, February 4, 2016.

Online Courses/Education

Sabin, JA, 2017 –  2019, Implicit Bias in the Clinical and Learning Environment, online course for clinical faculty across the WWAMI region. Sabin, Morales, Barrington, Overstreet, UW Record of Innovation #47781. https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1173964 N=800 completions as of 2/2019.

Sabin, JA, 2017  – 2019, funding UW Race & Equity Initiative, workshop to complement course: Implicit Bias in the Clinical and Learning Environment. http://cedi-web01.s.uw.edu/faculty-diversity-resources/implicit-bias-in-the-clinical-and-learning-environment-workshop/

Sabin, JA, funding UW Race & Equity Initiative 2017 – 2019, Appropriate Use of the Implicit Association Test for Educational Purposes, 20 m Video: Dr. Janice Sabin interview with Dr. Anthony Greenwald, inventor of the Implicit Association Test (IAT), the “implicit revolution” and appropriate use of the IAT in educational settings. http://cedi-web01.s.uw.edu/video/