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Sara T. Wakai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Medicine
Academic Office Location:
Department of Medicine
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-6030
Phone: 860-679-5503
Fax: 860-679-1650
Email: swakai@uchc.edu
Website(s):

Public Health

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.
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Connecticut Zero Suicide Learning CollaborativeAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalState2015
American Association of SuicidologyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2014
American Evaluation AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2012
Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB)Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalState2011
American Public Health AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2010
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

Monographs

  • Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative Program Evaluation Final Report
    Wakai, S., Schilling, E., Aseltine, R. 2014 Jul;
  • Connecticut Campus Suicide Prevention Initiative Evaluation Final Report
    Wakai, S., Schilling, E., Horan, E., Aseltine, R. 2014 Jun;
  • 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
Variations in State Laws Regulating Medical MarijuanaPosterAPHA2017Atlanta, GA
Medical Marijuana Legislation and College Students' Marijuana and Alcohol Use and Perceived Social NormsPosterAPHA2016Denver, CO
Evaluating a State Health Program: Lessons Learned.TalkAmerican Evaluation Association2016Atlanta, GA
College student alcohol and drug use: Results from the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative evaluation. Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative.TalkCentral CT State University2015New Britain, CT
Evaluating a transition to safer chemicals for managers and workers.TalkSafer Chemicals Conference; University of Washington2015Seattle, WA
Trends in perceived social norms of marijuana use among college studentsPosterAPHA2015Chicago, Il
Evaluating program implementationTalkAmerican Association of Suicidology2014Los Angeles, CA
Effects of perceived social norms on college students' frequency of alcohol consumption and binge drinkingTalkNational Prevention Network2014Hartford, CT
Suicidal ideation and behavior: Using state and national data to identify trends and risk factorsTalkAmerican Evaluation Association2014Denver, CO
An index to identify differences in custodians' exposures to cleaning chemicalsTalkAPHA2014New Orleans, LA
Cleaning chemical exposures and respiratory, dermatological and muscularskeletal symptoms among custodians using traditional and green cleanersTalkAPHA2014New Orleans, LA
Effects of training on custodians' satisfaction and acceptance of environmentally preferable productsPosterAPHA2014New Orleans, LA
Influence of perceived social norms on high risk alcohol consumption among college studentsPosterAPHA2014New Orleans, LA
An evaluation of the design and implementation of a green cleaning professional development program using community based participation research.TalkAPHA2013Washington DC
Urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations among custodians using green cleanersTalkAPHA2013Boston, MA
Evaluation of a green cleaning program and practices training curriculum for custodiansTalkAPHA2013Boston, MA
Alcohol use predicts increased risk of victimization among college studentsTalkAPHA2013Boston, MA
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