Sara T. Wakai, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Medicine
|B.A.||University of California, Santa Barbara||Organizational Psychology|
|M.A.||University of California, Los Angeles||Educational Psychology|
|Ph.D.||University of California, Los Angeles||Higher Education & Organizational Change|
Co-taught a class in the Graduate School of Public Health on Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation and focused on logic models, research design and measurement, community based participatory research, qualitative methods and needs assessment.
Dr. Wakai has designed and conducted several evaluations on programs related to public health. She is currently conducting an evaluation to identify barriers, incentives and best practices for implementing environmentally preferable products among custodial workers at state agencies. She is the evaluator for two DMHAS funded state initiative: Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative (to reduce underage and binge drinking on college campuses across Connecticut) and the Connecticut Campus Suicide Prevention Initiative. She is conducting the evaluation for the educational component of the Hartford Neighborhood Healthy Homes project, a HUD funded-project. Dr. Wakai has also conducted research and evaluation on mental health within correctional facilities. She conducted the evaluation for START NOW, an evidence informed skills training treatment intervention currently being implemented in Connecticut Department of Corrections (CDOC). She has also worked on a study to develop a valid and reliable assessment of serious mental illness for national use by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in jails and prisons. She has conducted research on The Texas Implementation of Medication Algorithms (TIMA), a rule-based, deductive system to aid in decision-making for prescribing medication.
|Title or Abstract||Type||Sponsor/Event||Date/Year||Location|
|An Academic and Labor Union Partnership: Worker Cleaning Chemical Exposures Following State Mandated Green Cleaning Program.||Poster||Annual Meeting of Partnerships for Environmental Public Health||2012||Bethesda, MD|
|Farm Health and Safety Promotores||Poster||American Public Health Association Annual Meeting||2012||San Francisco, CA|
|Instrument Development: The Corrections Modified Global Assessment of Functioning||Poster||National Commission on Correctional Health Care||2010||Nashville, TN|
|A Process Evaluation of the Implementation of START NOW||Poster||40th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Conference||2009||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Evaluation of Algorithm-driven Treatment Of Bipolar Disorder In Connecticut Prison: Preliminary Findings from Phase II.||Poster||NCDEU (New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit) Conference||2009||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|Evidence-Based Decision Support for Bipolar Disorder Treatment in Corrections||Poster||Ninth Annual International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference||2009||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Functional Analysis of Behavior in Corrections.||Poster||Ninth Annual International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference||2009||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Psychotropic Medication Adherence: Implications for Post Release Success||Poster||Annual College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists Meeting||2008||Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Factors in Psychotherapy Adherence in Offenders||Poster||American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law||2007||Miami, FL|