Sara P D Chrisman, MD, MPH

Sara P D Chrisman, MD, MPH

Adolescent Medicine

On staff since July 2009

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"I am passionate about working with youth and their families to understand their goals and help them find the path to their most healthy selves."

  • Dr. Chrisman is a pediatrician and an Adolescent Medicine specialist, and her research is focused on sports-related concussion.

    Dr. Chrisman completed her undergraduate and medical training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She moved to Seattle in 2003 for Pediatric Residency at Seattle Children's Hospital, and completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine, and additional training in Pediatric Pain. She also obtained a Master's in Public Health at the University of Washington. She is now a physician and clinical researcher in Adolescent Medicine and sees patients with all types of adolescent issues, but is particularly interested in behavioral health. She conducts research on the relationship between the brain and behavior, primarily regarding concussive injury.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award 2009 - 2011
    Howard Hughes Medical Student Research Fellowship 2002 - 2003
    Summa cum laude 1993
    • Kroshus E, Chrisman S
      Disparities In Medical Staffing In Secondary School Sport: Implications For Concussion Identification: 3090 Board #155 June 3, 3: 30 PM - 5: 00 PM.
      27361659 Medicine and science in sports and exercise , 2016 May - 2016 May : 48(5 Suppl 1)876
    • Rowhani-Rahbar A, Chrisman SP, Drescher S, Schiff MA, Rivara FP
      Agreement between High School Athletes and Their Parents on Reporting Athletic Events and Concussion Symptoms.
      26414288 Journal of neurotrauma , 2016 Apr, 15 - 2016 Apr, 15 : 33(8)784-91
    • Rivara FP, Schiff MA, Chrisman SP, Chung SK, Ellenbogen RG, Herring SA
      The effect of coach education on reporting of concussions among high school athletes after passage of a concussion law.
      24569704 The American journal of sports medicine , 2014 May - 2014 May : 42(5)1197-203
    • Chrisman SP, Schiff MA, Chung SK, Herring SA, Rivara FP
      Implementation of concussion legislation and extent of concussion education for athletes, parents, and coaches in Washington State.
      24510067 The American journal of sports medicine , 2014 May - 2014 May : 42(5)1190-6
    • Chrisman SP, Richardson LP
      Prevalence of diagnosed depression in adolescents with history of concussion.
      24355628 The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2014 May - 2014 May : 54(5)582-6 PMCID: PMC3999295
    • Chrisman SP, Quitiquit C, Rivara FP
      Qualitative study of barriers to concussive symptom reporting in high school athletics.
      23427783 The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2013 Mar. : 52(3)330-335.e3
    • Chrisman SP, Rivara FP, Schiff MA, Zhou C, Comstock RD
      Risk factors for concussive symptoms 1 week or longer in high school athletes.
      23252433 Brain injury : [BI] , 2013 : 27(1)1-9
    • Chrisman SP, O'Kane JW, Polissar NL, Tencer AF, Mack CD, Levy MR, Schiff MA
      Strength and jump biomechanics of elite and recreational female youth soccer players.
      23182007 Journal of athletic training , 2012 Nov. : 47(6)609-15 PMCID: PMC3499883
    • Chrisman SP, Schiff MA, Rivara FP
      Physician concussion knowledge and the effect of mailing the CDC's "Heads Up" toolkit.
      21646251 Clinical pediatrics , 2011 Nov. : 50(11)1031-9
  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Relationship between depression and traumatic brain injury in adolescents. Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine New Orleans, LA 2012


Board Certification(s)

Adolescent Medicine

Medical/Professional School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle


Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle


Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Adolescent Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle