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Sara T. Wakai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Medicine
Academic Office Location:
Medicine
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-679-5503
Fax: 860-679-1349
Email: swakai@uchc.edu
Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
B.A.University of California, Santa BarbaraOrganizational Psychology
M.A.University of California, Los AngelesEducational Psychology
Ph.D.University of California, Los AngelesHigher 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.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Textbook of Violence Assessment and Management.
    Wakai, S. & Trestman, R.L. Impulsivity and Aggression 2008 Jan;
  • Impulsivity and Aggression.
    Wakai, S. & Trestman, R.L. Textbook of Violence Assessment and Management 2008 Jan;211-236
  • Overview of recent literature
    Wakai S, Drew D Undergraduate science education: The impact of different college environments on the educational pipeline in the sciences 1992 Jan;1-8

Abstracts

  • The effect of psychotropic medication dosing on symptom control for inmates with Bipolar Disorder.
    Ehret, M., Shelton, D., Wakai, S., Zhang, W., Kamath, J. Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2010 Jan;23(2):150

Conference Papers

  • Guideline, education, and peer comparison to reduce prescriptions of benzodiazepines and low-dose quetiapine in prison.
    Reeves, Rusty Journal of correctional health care : the official journal of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care 2012 Jan;18(1):45-52
  • Development of a Biopsychosocial Vulnerability-Stress Model of Mental Illness among a Prison Population.
    Shelton, D., Panosky, D., Wakai, S. 2009 Jan;
  • Evidence-Based Treatment Of Bipolar Disorder In Connecticut Prison: A Two-Phase Study.
    Kamath J, Wakai S, Temporini H, Kesten K, Reischerl K, Zhang W, Quarti S, Shelton D, Trestman RL 2009 Jan;
  • Psychotropic Medication Adherence Among Adult Inmates.
    Shelton, D., Wakai, S. Ehret, M., & Zhang, W. 2008 Jan;
  • The Early Childhood Personnel Policy Institute: Findings from the Field.
    Stayton, V., & Wakai, S. 2005 Jan;
  • Configuring Tasks Within Learners Zones of Proximal Development (ZPD’s): Enabling Collaborative Discovery Learning Online in an Information Systems Assurance Course.
    Borthick, A.F., Jones, D.R., & Wakai, S. 2000 Jan;
  • The Motivation for and Application of Collaborative Discovery Learning On-Line.
    Borthick, A. F., Wakai, S., & Jones, D. R., 2000 Jan;
  • Active Learning in the Classroom: Who Uses It, Why They Use It, and How to Encourage Others to Use it.
    Milem, J. & Wakai, S. 1997 Jan;
  • Student Centered Approaches to Teaching and Learning: Lessons to be Learned from Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Women’s Colleges.
    Milem, J. & Wakai, S. 1996 Jan;
  • Understanding How Faculty Teach: Facilitators and Inhibitors of Student-Centered Pedagogy.
    Milem, J. & Wakai, S. 1996 Jan;
  • Equity in Opportunity to Learn: Some Results from California.
    Herman, J. L., Klein, D., Wakai, S., & Heath, T. 1995 Jan;
  • Barriers to and Facilitators of Feminist Pedagogy in College and University Teaching.
    Wakai, S. 1994 Jan;
  • Assessing Student Attitudes of Types of Questions and Math Ability and Instruction Using the California Learning Assessment System Middle Grades Mathematics Performance Assessment (CLAS).
    Wakai, S. 1993 Jan;
  • Preliminary Findings of The Barriers and Facilitators of Feminist Pedagogy in College and University Teaching.
    Wakai, S. 1993 Jan;
  • Feminist Pedagogical Practices: A Case Study.
    Wakai, S. 1991 Jan;

Monographs

  • University of Connecticut Center for Public Health and Health Policy: Connecticut Mandated Health Insurance Benefits
    Wakai, S. Volume I - Volume V 2010 Jan;
  • The Higher Education Survey for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Personnel Preparation Data Report:
    Bruder MB, Wakai S Ways Institutions of Higher Education Are Contributing to Well Trained Professionals in Service Areas Required Under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 2005 Jan;
  • The Higher Education Survey for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Personnel Preparation Data Report:
    Bruder, M.B., & Wakai, S. Preparing Adequate Numbers of Students in Institutions of Higher Education Trained in Service Areas Required Under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 2005 Jan;
  • The Higher Education Survey for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Personnel Preparation Data Report: Ways Federal Financial Support Influences Program Activities in Institutions of Higher Education.
    Bruder, M.B., & Wakai, S. 2005 Jan;
  • The Higher Education Survey for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Personnel Preparation Data Report: Instructional Methods and Course Content Used by Institutions of Higher Education to Address EI/ECSE.
    Bruder MB, Wakai S 2005 Jan;
  • Addressing Behavioral Outcomes in Connecticut’s Child Care Centers: An Evaluation of Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP)
    Fink, D. B., & Wakai, S. UCHC: Center for Developmental Disabilities 2004 Jan;
  • Study II Data Report: The Higher Education Survey for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Personnel Preparation.
    Bruder, M.B., & Wakai, S. 2004 Jan;
  • The Center to Inform Personnel Preparation Policy and Practice in Early Intervention and Preschool Education – Briefing Book.
    Bruder, M.B., & Wakai, S. 2004 Jan;
  • A first look: Are claims for alternative assessment holding up?
    Herman JL, Klein D, Heath T, Wakai S UCLA: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) 1995 Jan;
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
An Academic and Labor Union Partnership: Worker Cleaning Chemical Exposures Following State Mandated Green Cleaning Program. PosterAnnual Meeting of Partnerships for Environmental Public Health2012Bethesda, MD
Farm Health and Safety PromotoresPosterAmerican Public Health Association Annual Meeting2012San Francisco, CA
Instrument Development: The Corrections Modified Global Assessment of FunctioningPosterNational Commission on Correctional Health Care2010Nashville, TN
A Process Evaluation of the Implementation of START NOWPoster40th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Conference2009Baltimore, Maryland
Evaluation of Algorithm-driven Treatment Of Bipolar Disorder In Connecticut Prison: Preliminary Findings from Phase II.PosterNCDEU (New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit) Conference2009Fort Lauderdale, FL
Evidence-Based Decision Support for Bipolar Disorder Treatment in CorrectionsPosterNinth Annual International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference2009Edinburgh, Scotland
Functional Analysis of Behavior in Corrections. PosterNinth Annual International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference2009Edinburgh, Scotland
Psychotropic Medication Adherence: Implications for Post Release SuccessPosterAnnual College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists Meeting2008Scottsdale, Arizona
Factors in Psychotherapy Adherence in OffendersPosterAmerican Academy of Psychiatry and the Law2007Miami, FL