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Sarah Wernick

Brookline, Massachusetts, United States


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Sarah Wernick is an award-winning freelance writer with a PhD in sociology from Columbia University, who specializes in health, parenting, and self-help collaborations.
Her co-authored books include the bestselling Strong Women Stay Young (Bantam, 1997 and 2000), written with Miriam Nelson of Tufts University, as well as Strong Women Stay Slim (Bantam, 1998) and Strong Women, Strong Bones (Putnam, 2000), which was a Books for a Better Life award winner in 2000. Over 700,000 copies of these three Strong Women books are in print in 12 languages. Sarah is also co-author of The Emotional Problems of Normal Children (Bantam, 1994), a collaboration with Stanley Turecki, MD, that was honored by Child magazine as one of the best parenting books of 1994.

Sarah's latest collaboration is Lung Cancer: Myths, Facts, Choices and Hope (W.W. Norton, 2002), with Claudia Henschke, MD, of Cornell University, who is leading groundbreaking research on early detection of lung cancer, and Peggy McCarthy, founder of the Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support, and Education.

In a previous life, Sarah taught sociology at (among other places) Washington University and Northeastern University. She abandoned academia in 1978 to write professionally, starting with articles in a local tabloid throwaway and eventually graduating to national publications.

Her byline has appeared in Woman's Day, Working Mother, Parents, Smithsonian, The New York Times, and many other magazines and newspapers. She served as a contributing editor at Working Mother for seven years, writing their monthly health news column. Among her article awards is the 1997 American Medical Association President's Prize for excellence in tobacco reporting for The Silent Killer published in Ladies' Home Journal. This was the first feature article about lung cancer to appear in a major women's magazine.

Sarah is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Association of Science Writers, the Authors Guild, and the National Writers Union.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Emotional Problems of Normal Children with Stanley Turecki
  • Lung Cancer: Myths, Facts, Choices -- and Hope
  • Strong Women Stay Young
  • Strong Women Stay Slim
  • Strong Women Stay Young