Sara Strollo, MPH

Senior Associate Scientist, Data Analysis

Why I Work at the ACS

“As a researcher at the American Cancer Society, I can use my analytic skills to improve our understanding of cancer risk factors, inform prevention efforts, and ultimately, reduce the burden of disease across the cancer continuum.”

At ACS since 2016

As a Senior Associate Scientist in Data Analysis within the Population Science department, Sara Strollo, MPH, works with survey and biospecimen data from behavioral and epidemiological cohort studies to identify cancer risk factors, inform cancer prevention efforts, and improve the survivorship journey.

In collaboration with internal and external researchers, she uses statistical modelling techniques and programming software to answer research questions. Her role also involves ensuring the quality of the data, publishing results, and preparing data for use in research pooling projects.

Research focus and accomplishments

Sara Strollo began her career at the American Cancer Society (ACS) as the study manager and analyst for the Studies of Cancer Survivors (SCS-I & SCS-II). She has contributed to numerous cancer survivorship publications, including a first-author publication.

Currently, she works within the Population Science department’s analysis group. This expanded her role to work with data from the Cancer Prevention Studies, including survey-based, actigraph, and genotyping data.

In addition to collaborating with internal doctoral staff, she serves as the ACS liaison for externally led collaborations as needed.

Strollo uses the analytics software SAS and the programming language R to investigate associations with cancer risk factors and conduct time-to-event analyses for cancer incidence and mortality. Most recently, her research has focused on predictors of lung cancer screening and genome-wide association study (GWAS) data management.


For a full list of Strollo's publications, visit her Google Scholar page.  



Work before ACS

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology Fellow
  • University of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology, Research Assistant


  • MPH: Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • BS: Psychology, Virginia Tech, 2011

Personal life 

I live in Atlanta, GA, and enjoy spending time outside, staying active, and traveling. I’m always exploring new hiking trails with my Rottweiler mix.