Sarah Dewane, PhD

Sarah, a licensed psychologist, serves as the Director of Behavioral Science at the Alaska Family Medicine Residency in Anchorage and Co-Director of Training for the APA accredited Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium. Sarah earned her doctoral degree from the University of Alaska (UAA), Doctoral Program in Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural, Indigenous Emphasis. Her dissertation, entitled Medical Providers’ Perceptions about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Alaska, explored knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Alaska. Sarah has over 17 years of clinical experience working with adults, children, adolescents, and families in outpatient, residential, and primary care settings. She specializes in health behavior change and integrated behavioral health care in primary care settings. In her previous position, Sarah served for 9 years as a project manager and research professor at UAA focusing on mental health and substance abuse research implementation, program evaluation, and behavioral health training.  In 2012, she completed the Behavioral Science and Family Systems Educator Fellowship, administered by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Sarah serves on the Alaska Psychological Association Board as the Early Career Psychologist and Member-at-Large. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, American Psychological Association, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and National Association of Rural Mental Health. Sarah has lived in Alaska for over 20 years and enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking and biking with her family and friends.