Sara J. Knight, PhD

Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Genomics and Personalized Medicine
  • Quality of Life and Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Medical Decision Making
  • Patient Values
  • Patient Preferences
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Patient and Clinician Education


  • English
  • French

Academic Information

  • Departments: Internal Medicine - Professor
  • Divisions: Epidemiology

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Clinical Psychology with comprehensive examination honors
Internship Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
Health Psychology
Graduate Training Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Counseling Psychology
Undergraduate University of Maryland
Psychology with honors

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Fagerlin A, Holmes-Rovner M, Hofer TP, Rovner D, Alexander SC, Knight SJ, Ling BS, A Tulsky J, Wei JT, Hafez K, Kahn VC, Connochie D, Gingrich J, Ubel PA (2021). Head to head randomized trial of two decision aids for prostate cancer. BMC Med Informat Decis Making, 21(1), 154.
  2. Haibach JP, Hoerster KD, Dorflinger L, McAndrew LM, Cassidy DG, Goodrich DE, Bormann JE, Lowery J, Asch SM, Raffa SD, Moin T, Peterson AL, Goldstein MG, Neal-Walden T, Talcott GW, Hunter CL, Knight SJ (2020). Research translation for military and veteran health: research, practice, policy. Transl Behav Med, 11(2), 631-641.
  3. Goddard, K, Angelo, F, Ackerman, S, Berg, J, Biesecker, B, Danila, M, East, K, Hindorff, L, Horowitz, C, Hunter, J, Joseph, G, Knight, S, McGuire, A, Muessig, K, Ou, J, Outram S, Rahn, E, Ramos, M, Rini, C, Robinson, J, Stevens SmithH, Waltz, M, Soo-Jin Lee, S (2020). Lessons learned about harmonizing survey measures for the CSER consortium. Journal of Translational and Clinical Science, 4(6), 537 - 546.
  4. Shimada SL, Zocchi MS, Hogan TP, Kertesz SG, Rotondi AJ, Butler JM, Knight SJ, DeLaughter K, Kleinberg F, Nicklas J, Nazi KM, Houston TK (2020). Impact of Patient-Clinical Team Secure Messaging on Communication Patterns and Patient Experience: Randomized Encouragement Design Trial. J Med Internet Res, 22(11), e22307.
  5. Balentine CJ, Morris M, Knight SJ, Turan JM, Flood KL, Gutierrez-Meza D, Macdonald CL, Bhatia S, Brown CJ (2020). An Implementation Assessment of the Virtual Acute Care for Elders Program From the Perspective of Key Stakeholders. (Epub ahead of print) Ann Surg.
  6. Hull O, Niranjan SJ, Wallace AS, Williams BR, Turkman YE, Ingram SA, Williams CP, Smith T, Knight SJ, Bhatia S, Rocque GB (2020). Should we be talking about guidelines with patients? A qualitative analysis in metastatic breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat, 184(1), 115-121.
  7. Sheinfeld Gorin SN, Lee RE, Knight SJ (2020). Group mentoring and leadership growth in behavioral medicine. Transl Behav Med, 10(4), 873-876.
  8. Niranjan SJ, Wallace A, Williams BR, Turkman Y, Williams CP, Bhatia S, Knight S, Rocque GB (2019). Trust but Verify: Exploring the Role of Treatment-Related Information and Patient-Physician Trust in Shared Decision Making Among Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer. J Cancer Educ, 35(5), 885-892.
  9. Ahluwalia S, Reddy NK, Johnson R, Emanuel L, Knight SJ (2020). Dyadic Model of Adaptation to Life-Limiting Illness. J Palliat Med, 23(9), 1177-1183.
  10. Niranjan SJ, Turkman Y, Williams BR, Williams CP, Halilova KI, Smith T, Knight SJ, Bhatia S, Rocque GB (2020). "I'd Want to Know, Because a Year's Not a Long Time to Prepare for a Death": Role of Prognostic Information in Shared Decision Making among Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer. J Palliat Med, 23(7), 937-943.
  11. Dos Santos Marques IC, Herbey II, Theiss LM, Hollis RH, Knight SJ, Davis TC, Fouad M, Chu DI (2020). Understanding the Surgical Experience for African-Americans and Caucasians With Enhanced Recovery. J Surg Res, 250, 12-22.
  12. May T, Cannon A, Moss IP, Nakano-Okuno M, Hardy S, Miskell EL, Kelley WV, Curry W, East KM, Acemgil A, Schach J, Sodeke SO, Fouad MN, Johnson RD, Cimino J, Richards JL, Knight SJ, Korf B (2020). Recruiting diversity where it exists: The Alabama Genomic Health Initiative. J Genet Couns, 29(3), 471-478.
  13. Goddard KAB, Angelo FAN, Ackerman SL, Berg JS, Biesecker BB, Danila MI, East KM, Hindorff LA, Horowitz CR, Hunter JE, Joseph G, Knight SJ, McGuire A, Muessig KR, Ou J, Outram S, Rahn EJ, Ramos MA, Rini C, Robinson JO, Smith HS, Waltz M, Lee SS (2020). Lessons learned about harmonizing survey measures for the CSER consortium. J Clin Transl Sci, 4(6), 537-546.
  14. Chang ME, Baker SJ, Dos Santos Marques IC, Liwo AN, Chung SK, Richman JS, Knight SJ, Fouad MN, Gakumo CA, Davis TC, Chu DI (2018). Health Literacy in Surgery. Health Lit Res Pract, 4(1), e46-e65.
  15. Graham LA, Malone EB, Richman JS, Carson AP, Affuso O, Knight SJ, Levitan EB (2019). Association of Food Access, Recreational Opportunities, and Natural Amenities with Engagement in the Veterans MOVE! Weight Management Program. Obesity (Silver Spring), 28(1), 55-64.
  16. Rocque GB, Rasool A, Williams BR, Wallace AS, Niranjan SJ, Halilova KI, Turkman YE, Ingram SA, Williams CP, Forero-Torres A, Smith T, Bhatia S, Knight SJ (2019). What Is Important When Making Treatment Decisions in Metastatic Breast Cancer? A Qualitative Analysis of Decision-Making in Patients and Oncologists. Oncologist, 24(10), 1313-1321.
  17. All of Us Research Program Investigators, Denny JC, Rutter JL, Goldstein DB, Philippakis A, Smoller JW, Jenkins G, Dishman E (2019). The "All of Us" Research Program. N Engl J Med, 381(7), 668-676.
  18. Horowitz CR, Orlando LA, Slavotinek AM, Peterson J, Angelo F, Biesecker B, Bonham VL, Cameron LD, Fullerton SM, Gelb BD, Goddard KAB, Hailu B, Hart R, Hindorff LA, Jarvik GP, Kaufman D, Kenny EE, Knight SJ, Koenig BA, Korf BR, Madden E, McGuire AL, Ou J, Wasserstein MP, Robinson M, Leventhal H, Sanderson SC (2019). The Genomic Medicine Integrative Research Framework: A Conceptual Framework for Conducting Genomic Medicine Research. Am J Hum Genet, 104(6), 1088-1096.
  19. Scheuner MT, Russell MM, Chanfreau-Coffinier C, Peredo J, Yano EM, Hamilton AB, Lerner B, Provenzale D, Knight SJ, Voils CI (2018). Stakeholders' views on the value of outcomes from clinical genetic and genomic interventions. Genet Med, 21(6), 1371-1380.
  20. Chanfreau-Coffinier C, Peredo J, Russell MM, Yano EM, Hamilton AB, Lerner B, Provenzale D, Knight SJ, Voils CI, Scheuner MT (2018). A logic model for precision medicine implementation informed by stakeholder views and implementation science. Genet Med, 21(5), 1139-1154.
  21. Dionne-Odom JN, Ejem D, Azuero A, Taylor RA, Rocque GB, Turkman Y, Thompson MA, Knight SJ, Martin MY, Bakitas MA (2018). Factors Associated with Family Caregivers' Confidence in Future Surrogate Decision Making for Persons with Cancer. J Palliat Med, 21(12), 1705-1712.
  22. Wahl TS, Goss LE, Morris MS, Gullick AA, Richman JS, Kennedy GD, Cannon JA, Vickers SM, Knight SJ, Simmons JW, Chu DI (2017). Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Eliminates Racial Disparities in Postoperative Length of Stay After Colorectal Surgery. Ann Surg, 268(6), 1026-1035.
  23. Balentine CJ, Kenzik K, Chu DI, Morris MS, Knight SJ, Brown CJ, Bhatia S (2018). Planning post-discharge destination for gastrointestinal surgery patients: Room for improvement? Am J Surg, 216(5), 912-918.
  24. Amendola LM, Berg JS, Horowitz CR, Angelo F, Bensen JT, Biesecker BB, Biesecker LG, Cooper GM, East K, Filipski K, Fullerton SM, Gelb BD, Goddard KAB, Hailu B, Hart R, Hassmiller-Lich K, Joseph G, Kenny EE, Koenig BA, Knight S, Kwok PY, Lewis KL, McGuire AL, Norton ME, Ou J, Parsons DW, Powell BC, Risch N, Robinson M, Rini C, Scollon S, Slavotinek AM, Veenstra DL, Wasserstein MP, Wilfond BS, Hindorff LA, CSER consortium, Plon SE, Jarvik GP (2018). The Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research Consortium: Integrating Genomic Sequencing in Diverse and Medically Underserved Populations. Am J Hum Genet, 103(3), 319-327.
  25. Ejem D, Dionne-Odom JN, Turkman Y, Knight SJ, Willis D, Kaufman PA, Bakitas M (2018). Incongruence between women's survey- and interview-determined decision control preferences: A mixed methods study of decision-making in metastatic breast cancer. Psychooncology, 27(8), 1950-1957.
  26. Arar N, Knight SJ, Modell SM, Issa AM (2018). The Genome-based Knowledge Management in Cycles model: a complex adaptive systems framework for implementation of genomic applications. Per Med, 8(2), 191-205.


  1. Knight SJ (2014). Decision making and prostate cancer screening. [Review]. Urol Clin North Am, 41(2), 257-66.