Sarah Rustan, Ph.D.

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Sarah Rustan is a Research Associate in DecisionQuest’s Boston office. Dr. Rustan designs, conducts, and analyzes research projects such as mock trials, focus groups, and community attitude surveys in order to identify effective strategies for trial presentation, case theme development, and jury selection. She has a background in law and public policy with over 10 years of experience in applied interdisciplinary research.

Prior to coming to DecisionQuest, Dr. Rustan managed interdisciplinary research projects on such diverse topics as decision-making, communication, storytelling, and cultural and socioeconomic influences. Dr. Rustan specializes in research methods, including both quantitative and mixed methods approaches, and taught research methods and statistics as a Doctoral Fellow at Northeastern University.


Northeastern University
Ph.D., Law and Public Policy

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
M.A., Arts Administration

University of Minnesota
B.A., summa cum laude, Architecture