Sarah C Westen, Ph.D.

Sarah C Westen, Ph.D.,

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Business Phone: (352) 273-6029
Business Email: westens@phhp.ufl.edu

About Sarah C Westen, Ph.D.

Sarah Westen, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, where she also completed her doctoral training and psychology residency. Dr. Westen is currently the Director of Diabetes Behavioral Medicine and Psychology at UF Health, Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Special Interest Group in Diabetes, and is a member of the JDRF Psychosocial Advisory Committee and a former JDRF National Psychology Fellowship recipient. Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Dr. Westen completed a fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health as an Intramural Research Training Award recipient.

Clinically, Dr. Westen is interested in the biopsychosocial aspects of chronic illness throughout the lifespan (e.g., coping, family management, transition from pediatric to adult care, treatment of comorbid mental health and behavioral conditions). Her patient-oriented clinical research focuses on factors affecting adherence to medical treatment regimens, with an interest in using technology to optimize outcomes such as time-in-range, sleep quality and duration, and quality of life.

Accomplishments

National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship
2018 · JDRF
Drotar-Crawford Postdoctoral Research Grant in Pediatric Psychology
2018 · American Psychological Association Division 54
Mary Jo Kupst Award for Research in Resilience
2015 · American Psychological Association Division 54
Geoffrey Clark-Ryan Memorial Award for Pediatric Research
2015 · University of Florida
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2012 Year in Research: Top 5 Most Influential Research Articles Award (co-author)
2013 · Union College

Board Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist
    Florida Board of Psychology

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Psychology
Subspecialties
  • Clinical Child / Pediatric Psychology
  • Clinical Health Psychology
Areas of Interest
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Depression – resources
  • Eating disorders – resources
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Type 1 diabetes

Research Profile

Dr. Westen’s patient-oriented clinical research in type 1 diabetes focuses on factors affecting adherence to medical treatment regimens, with an interest in using technology to optimize outcomes such as time-in-range, sleep quality and duration, and quality of life.

Areas of Interest
  • Clinical Trial Interventions
  • Feeding and weight concerns
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Telehealth
  • Type 1 Diabetes

Publications

2020
Use of Ecological Momentary Assessment to Measure Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose Adherence in Youth With Type 1 Diabetes.
Diabetes spectrum : a publication of the American Diabetes Association. 33(3):280-289 [DOI] 10.2337/ds19-0041. [PMID] 32848350.
2019
Objectively-measured adherence in adolescents with type 1 diabetes on multiple daily injections and insulin pump therapy
Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 44(1):21-31 [DOI] 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy064. [PMID] 30184209.
2019
Objectively Measured Adherence in Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes on Multiple Daily Injections and Insulin Pump Therapy.
Journal of pediatric psychology. 44(1):21-31 [DOI] 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy064. [PMID] 30184209.
2019
Mother and Father Controlling Feeding Behaviors and Associations With Observed Mealtime Family Functioning.
Journal of pediatric psychology. 44(10):1174-1183 [DOI] 10.1093/jpepsy/jsz060. [PMID] 31429911.
2019
Designing Online and Mobile Diabetes Education for Fathers of Children With Type 1 Diabetes: Mixed Methods Study.
JMIR diabetes. 4(3) [DOI] 10.2196/13724. [PMID] 31389338.
2019
A retrospective multisite examination of depression screening practices, scores, and correlates in pediatric diabetes care.
Translational behavioral medicine. [DOI] 10.1093/tbm/ibz171. [PMID] 31764981.
2018
Transition Education for Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes: Pilot Feasibility Study for a Group Telehealth Intervention.
JMIR diabetes. 3(4) [DOI] 10.2196/10909. [PMID] 30401674.
2015
Telehealth interventions to reduce management complications in type 1 diabetes: A review.
World journal of diabetes. 6(3):371-9 [DOI] 10.4239/wjd.v6.i3.371. [PMID] 25897348.
2014
The role of overweight perception and depressive symptoms in child and adolescent unhealthy weight control behaviors: a mediation model.
Journal of pediatric psychology. 39(3):340-8 [DOI] 10.1093/jpepsy/jst091. [PMID] 24344072.
2014
Systematic review and meta-analysis of comprehensive behavioral family lifestyle interventions addressing pediatric obesity.
Journal of pediatric psychology. 39(8):809-25 [DOI] 10.1093/jpepsy/jsu023. [PMID] 24824614.
2013
Self-Reported Recent Life Stressors and Risk of Suicide in Pediatric Emergency Department Patients.
Clinical pediatric emergency medicine. 14(1):35-40 [PMID] 23908600.
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2012
Neuropsychological benefits of stationary bike exercise and a cybercycle exergame for older adults with diabetes: an exploratory analysis.
Journal of diabetes science and technology. 6(4):849-57 [PMID] 22920811.
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2012
Exergaming and older adult cognition: a cluster randomized clinical trial.
American journal of preventive medicine. 42(2):109-19 [DOI] 10.1016/j.amepre.2011.10.016. [PMID] 22261206.
2012
Neuropsychological benefits of stationary bike exercise and a cybercycle exergame for older adults with diabetes: An exploratory analysis
Journal Of Diabetes Science And Technology. 6(4):849-857
2010
Cognitive health benefits of strengthening exercise for community-dwelling older adults.
Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology. 32(9):996-1001 [DOI] 10.1080/13803391003662702. [PMID] 20408001.

Grants

Jul 2019 ACTIVE
Project ECHO T1D: HCT Trial
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: STANFORD UNIV via HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST, LEONA & HARRY
Jun 2019 ACTIVE
Diabetes Journey: From systematic screening to intervention
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: CINCINNATI CHILDRENS MEDICAL CENTER via NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK
Jan 2019 – Jul 2019
Sleep, Adherence, and Glycemic Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSO
Jul 2018 – Jun 2019
Sleep, Adherence, and Glycemic Control in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: JDRF

Education

JDRF National Diabetes Psychology Fellowship
2018-2019 · JDRF; University of Florida
Pediatric Psychology Fellowship
2017-2018 · University of Florida Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Pediatric Psychology Residency
2016-2017 · University of Florida Health Science Center
PhD; Clinical and Health Psychology
2012-2017 · University of Florida
MS; Clinical and Health Psychology
2012-2015 · University of Florida
Intramural Research Training Award Postbaccalaureate
2010-2012 · National Institutes of Health (NIH)
BS; Neuroscience
2009 · Union College
Neuroscience and Psychology BS
2005-2009 · Union College

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2019-2021
CLP3911 Introduction to Clinical Research
2019-2021
CLP4302 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
2020-2021
PSY4930 Special Topics in Psychology
2020-2021
CLP6948 Advanced Practicum in Clinical Child Psychology

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-6029
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