Katherine Sanchez

University of Texas at Arlington


Katherine Sanchez, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. She has an additional appointment at Baylor Scott and White Research Institute, Center for Applied Health Research in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Sanchez practiced as a bilingual clinical social worker for 15 years, primarily in medical settings with monolingual Spanish-speaking populations before getting her PhD. Her principal area of research is in integrated health care and the provision of socio-culturally, linguistically adapted models for the treatment of co-morbid mental and physical illness. Dr. Sanchez has developed a robust, well-defined research agenda and funding trajectory including independent federal funding from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Sanchez’s research agenda has segued from a focus on small scale interventions in primary care to advance the science around reducing mental health disparities through efforts at the health delivery system level. She seeks to examine system level interventions to understand the adoption of evidence-based practices, organizational barriers and facilitators to uptake in clinical practice guidelines consistent with national recommendations, and examine the social determinants of health which result in high impact, innovative strategies to better address mental health at the individual and the health care system level.