Sarah received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Family Communication and a secondary emphasis in Instructional Communication. Her dissertation, titled Risks and Benefits of Seeking and Receiving Emotional Support During the Divorce Process: An Examination of Divorcee Individual Adjustment, Closeness, and Relational Satisfaction with Multiple Partners from a Social Network, focused on communication and post-divorce outcomes.

Before that, Sarah completed her M.S. work at Illinois State University focusing on Interpersonal Communication. Her thesis was titled:  An Investigation of the Support Process: Decision Phase, Support Efficacy Phase, and Outcome Phase.

Sarah received her B.A. from Buena Vista University in Communication and Performance Studies: Leadership Communication.