Sarah Javier is a current postdoctoral fellow in Health Services Research at CHP/PCOR and the Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She received her BS in Psychology from Tulane University (2010) and her MS (2013) and PhD (2017) in Health Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
During graduate school, Sarah spent a year on Capitol Hill as a graduate policy scholar at the American Psychological Association and joined advocacy efforts for two bipartisan mental health reform bills. She then received an R36 from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality to assess the feasibility of a culturally-tailored eating disorder prevention intervention among ethnic minority women. Her interests in policy, cultural competency, and mental health reform continue into her fellowship. Specifically, she hopes to explore systemic factors that promote or inhibit mental health treatment-seeking among underserved populations and how culturally-competent practices can be implemented and sustained in the VA Health Care System.