- breast cancer, chronic disease, cultural competency, disparities, ethics, medical ethics & research ethics, global health, maternal and child health, morbidity & mortality, patient-provider communication, poverty, prevention, refugees & immigrants, reproductive & sexual health, women's health
As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Sargent is primarily interested in maternal and child health. Her research has focused on reproductive health care decisions, parental investment in child health and health disparities, particularly those affecting transnational immigrants. She is also interested in transformations in local health systems in rural and urban Africa. Her fieldwork sites include Republic of Benin and Mali, West Africa; Jamaica; and France. Her advocacy efforts include working with immigrant aide associations and public hospitals in France, to enhance clinical communication and facilitate immigrant women’s access to maternity and oncology services.