Sandra J Winter was born and raised in Zimbabwe, then moved to Cape Town in South Africa where she was a successful entrepreneur, owning and operating a number of businesses in the advertising industry. In 2003 Sandra moved with her family from Cape Town, South Africa to Lexington, Kentucky where she completed a Master of Health Administration in May, 2006 and a PhD in Public Administration (Health Policy Track) in December, 2009. Her graduate research work focused on the health care that is provided to prison inmates in Kentucky.
In 2009 Sandra moved from Kentucky to California where she started working at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC). At SPRC Sandra has held a number of positions including Fitness assessor, biometric screener and wellness advisor with the BeWell program; Social Science Research Assistant with Abby King’s Healthy Aging Research and Technology Solutions (HARTS) lab; Project Manager for the SPRC/Qassim University College of Medicine, Saudi Arabia collaboration,and Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
Sandra is currently the Program Director of the Wellness Living Laboratory (WELL). The scientific goal of WELL is to generate novel hypothesis-driven inquiries, tested at the population level, to build the evidence-base of wellness. A dual research focus on observation and intervention will establish best practices for wellness. A community based approach that engages community members as citizen scientists will be used to develop and test lifestyle and environmental changes aimed at lowering risk for chronic diseases and promoting health and quality of life among all segments of the population.
Sandra's research areas of interest include community-based interventions among under resourced populations. particularly in a global context.
Current Role at Stanford
Research Associate with the Stanford Prevention Research Center
Program Director of the Well Living Laboratory
Honors & Awards
1st place overall winner for a poster presentation, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, (2014)
3rd place for an oral presentation. (Sheats JL, Winter SJ.), International SenseCam & Pervasive Imaging Conference, San Diego (2013)
Honorable Mention - Erickson Foundation Award for Excellence in Research, American Public Health Association (2012)
Tuition Scholarship, Built Environment Assessment Training Institute (2012)
1st Place – Graduate Student Poster Session, 1st Place – Graduate Student Poster Session, American (2008)
Distinction in Healthcare Administration, Honor Society Award of Upsilon Phi Delta (2008)
Most Outstanding Graduating Student, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky (2006)
Education & Certifications
PhD, University of Kentucky, Public Administrtion (Health Policy Track) (2009)
MHA, University of Kentucky, Health Administration (2006)
Prof Cert Online Teaching, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies (2012)
Service, Volunteer and Community Work
Volunteer: RotcCare, Half Moon Bay, California, Rotacare Bay Area, Inc (March 1, 2010 - Present)
RotaCare Bay Area is a volunteer alliance of medical professionals, organizations and community members dedicated to providing free primary, quality healthcare services to uninsured families and individuals with limited ability to pay for medical care. RotaCare is entirely volunteer driven and supported solely through locally based philanthropy.
Half Moon Bay
Board Member: Senior Coastsiders, Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, California