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Sarah Peyre

Dean and Professor of the Warner School of Education

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EdD, University of Southern California (educational psychology)
MSEd, University of Southern California (medical education)
BA, University of California, Berkeley (sociology)


Sarah E. Peyre became dean of the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester on July 1, 2020. While serving as dean, Sarah was appointed by President Mangelsdorf as interim provost in April 2021 serving until June 30, 2022. Prior to joining the Warner School, she was the associate dean for innovative education and professor of surgery, nursing, medical humanities and bioethics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Peyre, who joined the University in 2011, also served as the executive director of the Institute for Innovative Education, where she led advances in health professions education through simulation, adaptive technology, team science, and novel approaches to information and education delivery. The institute, a centralized matrix of services that includes the Miner Library and the Center for Experiential Learning and is supported by IT and educational specialists, supports the educational mission of the University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute of Oral Health, Strong Hospital, and the Faculty Practice Group.

A highly respected medical education scholar, Peyre is well-known for her work in the field of simulation and the development of educational innovations that support collaborative health-care models. Her work in interprofessional education includes curriculum development on disparities in health care, leadership, and technology. She has worked on several educational research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Burroughs Welcome Foundation, and others to improve the areas of expertise, teaming, and educational effectiveness. As a 2014 Macy Faculty Scholar, she focused her efforts on identifying, developing, and teaching best practices for integrating electronic medical records into patient- and family-centered care at URMC. Building on the traditions of the University of Rochester, Peyre’s work aims to help nourish humanism alongside technology as educational programs are created that promote effective communication within high performing teams.

Peyre previously served as the director of education and research for the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and as assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

Peyre was the recipient of The Rochester Academy of Medicine’s Madeline H. Schmitt, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP Award for Interprofessional Education in 2020 for breaking barriers in health care by continuing to change the landscape of health care education and practice through steadfast teaching of the importance of collaboration and teamwork.