Sara Jahnke a Principal Investigator in The Institute for Biobehavioral Health Research and Director of the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Research at NDRI. She completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a Health Emphasis at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and the American Heart Associations’ Fellowship on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Jahnke served as the Principal Investigator of two large-scale studies of the health and readiness of the U.S. Fire Service and has published research on health behaviors of military personnel. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator of a study focused on the health of women firefighters funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Dr. Jahnke has published both qualitative and quantitative articles in the areas of obesity, tobacco, and health behaviors. She has served as a the principal investigator or co-investigator for a number of studies funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Heart Association. She is an active member of the Safety, Health and Survival section of IAFC and is called on regularly to be a consultant on health related topics for that committee. She was invited to author a white paper for the 3rd Life Safety Summit of the Everyone Goes Home program from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, chaired the health and wellness section of the 2nd National Fire Service Research Agenda Setting Symposium, as well as authored a book chapter on health and wellness among firefighters for the Everyone Goes Home text book.