Sapana Patel, PhD

Columbia University

Dr. Patel is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and the Director of Strategic Planning and Curriculum Development at the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Research Associate at the Center for Excellence in Cultural Competence funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health. Dr. Patel is a bilingual (Spanish-speaking) psychologist and researcher whose work focuses on the improvement of behavioral health care delivery for underserved individuals with serious mental illness including depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She received her Ph.D in Clinical Health Psychology from Yeshiva University-Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She completed an internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. After her post-doctoral training, she received a NIMH-funded K23 award to use community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches to develop and test patient-centered strategies, shared decision making, to improve the engagement into care for depressed minorities in primary care. This work was conducted in partnership with a large Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in New York, the Institute for Family Health, where Dr. Patel subsequently assumed the role of Director of Research in Psychosocial Services advising the FQHC on academic-community partnered implementation research. Dr. Patel is an alumnus fellow of the NIH/VA- funded R25 Implementation Research Institute (IRI) at Washington University in St. Louis and co-director of the Implementation Science-Special Interest Group at Columbia Psychiatry. Dr. Patel’s work focuses on adaptation of EBPs in large scale implementation, implementation strategies for workforce development and training, and implementation of mHealth technologies in public sector settings. In her role at the Center for Practice Innovations, a large state-funded intermediary organization for training and implementation of evidence-based practices and quality improvement for behavioral health, Dr. Patel oversees activities that require diverse stakeholder engagement including patients, families, providers and payors to deliver training and implementation support (e.g. organizational) for the NY state behavioral health workforce and to develop resources for individuals with mental illness and their families.