Sapna J. Mendon is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. Her research interests include implementation science and mental health services research. Using mixed-methods study designs, qualitative comparative analysis, and social network analysis, Sapna is currently studying the adoption and penetration of evidence-based child mental health programs across state-run agencies, as well as the sustainment of evidence-based prevention programs across the U.S.
Prior to beginning doctoral studies, Sapna served as the Director of Program Evaluation at the New York State Psychiatric Institute for OnTrackNY; a statewide initiative developed to provide coordinated specialty care services to young adults experiencing a recent onset of psychosis. In this role, she also served as a clinical trainer, providing training and resources for clinicians across the state and nationwide. Over the span of ten years, her research has focused on early intervention services, suicide prevention, healthcare disparities amongst ethnic minorities, and translational research.
Sapna has also maintained a strong commitment to clinical practice. She has worked extensively with underserved populations, at-risk youth who were previously incarcerated, and victims of sexual abuse. Following her work in community-based agencies, Sapna broadened her scope of practice to include treating patients with serious mental illness, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals and groups, as well as working with families affected by mental illness.
Sapna is expected to complete her PhD in Social Work by Spring 2019. She holds a Masters of Social Work degree from New York University, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside.