Sarah Westen,

Sarah C Westen, Ph.D.

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Biography

Sarah Westen, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, where she also completed her doctoral training and psychology residency. Dr. Westen is currently the Director of Diabetes Behavioral Medicine and Psychology at UF Health, Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Special Interest Group in Diabetes, and is a member of the JDRF Psychosocial Advisory Committee and a former JDRF National Psychology Fellowship recipient. Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Dr. Westen completed a fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health as an Intramural Research Training Award recipient.

Clinically, Dr. Westen is interested in the biopsychosocial aspects of chronic illness throughout the lifespan (e.g., coping, family management, transition from pediatric to adult care, treatment of comorbid mental health and behavioral conditions). Her patient-oriented clinical research focuses on factors affecting adherence to medical treatment regimens, with an interest in using technology to optimize outcomes such as time-in-range, sleep quality and duration, and quality of life.

Education

JDRF National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship
JDRF; University of Florida
2018-2019

Pediatric Psychology Fellowship
University of Florida Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
2017-2018

Pediatric Psychology Residency
University of Florida Health Science Center
2016-2017

PhD; Clinical and Health Psychology
University of Florida
2012-2017

MS; Clinical and Health Psychology
University of Florida
2012-2015

Intramural Research Training Award Postbaccalaureate
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
2010-2012

BS; Neuroscience
Union College
2009

Neuroscience and Psychology BS
Union College
2005-2009

Board Certification

  • Licensed Psychologist - Florida Board of Psychology

Honors and Awards

National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship
JDRF
2018

Drotar-Crawford Postdoctoral Research Grant in Pediatric Psychology
American Psychological Association Division 54
2018

Geoffrey Clark-Ryan Memorial Award for Pediatric Research
University of Florida
2015

Mary Jo Kupst Award for Research in Resilience
American Psychological Association Division 54
2015

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2012 Year in Research: Top 5 Most Influential Research Articles Award (co-author)
Union College
2013