Sabrina Darrow, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco CA 94143
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    University of Nevada, RenoPhD2011Psychology
    University of Nevada, RenoBA2003Psychology
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship, Clinical Services Research Training Program2013Psychiatry

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    Dr. Sabrina Darrow is Assistant Professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry. She is passionate about improving the link between research and mental health services with the goal of empowering individuals to reach their personal goals. She has a particular interest in helping youth struggling with depression, anxiety, and suicide. Dr. Darrow's expertise is in clinical behavior analysis and her primary research interests include the clinical utility of assessments, mechanisms of action in psychotherapy, and implementation science.

    Dr. Darrow directs the Wavefront program at UCSF. The Wavefront Program provides evidence-based treatment, training, and research to improve emotion regulation for young people impacted by mood, anxiety, suicide, trauma, and OC-related disorders. In this role, she leads the evaluation and research embedded in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinics. Dr. Darrow is also leading a collaboration with San Francisco County’s Child, Youth and Family System of Care to implement and evaluate Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents in the public mental health system.

    Dr. Darrow is also a clinician within the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for Adolescents and Young Adults (http://psych.ucsf.edu/DBTprogram) where she works with high risk, multiproblem youth and their families. She also supervises trainees’ clinical work with youth.

    Dr. Darrow obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Doctorate in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her internship at the Southern Arizona Veterans Health Care System and postdoctoral studies, including the T32 Clinical Services Research Training Program, at UCSF.

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    Gathering stakeholder perspectives and modeling emotion regulation to predict youth suicidal behavior
    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Oct 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2022
    Role: PI
    Role Description: This study will use data collected during Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) to develop models of dynamic near-time predictors of youth suicide. Specifically, the data from daily diary cards completed by DBT-A clients, medical records, and a DBT-A outcome evaluation database will be combined and intensive individual level time-series modeling will be used to identify patterns of change useful for predicting youth suicidal behaviors and improving DBT-A outcomes. Given the goal of clinical utility and potential next steps (changing self-monitoring procedures, leveraging digital technology, providing data to guide ongoing treatment decisions), under Aim 3 we will establish an advisory board to obtain input from multiple stakeholders on this innovative research approach.
    Getting parents what they need, when they need it: A mixed methods pilot study to improve parent engagement in mental health services for suicidal youth
    UCSF CTSI, NCATS RAPJun 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020
    Role: PI
    Role Description: Suicide is a major public health concern for adolescents; self-harm and co-morbid mental health disorders are risk factors for suicide attempts. While emergency services and hospitalizations help stabilize and ensure teen safety in the short term, effective outpatient services that address risk factors, engage caregivers, and minimize disruptions in adolescent lives are imperative. Dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents (DBT-A) is an evidence-based outpatient treatment for decreasing teen suicidal behaviors and risk factors but improvements, specifically to keep caregivers engaged in DBT-A, are needed to keep more teens safe. This study examines the usability, feasibility, and acceptability of integrating a text message system into DBT-A to improve parent engagement using a mixed methods design. The text messaging system will be implemented into DBT-A services at Langley Porter Clinics and quantitative and qualitative data will be collected on the proposed mechanism of action (parent beliefs) and outcome (engagement in services).
    Let’s Text! Improving Engagement in Depression Services for Diverse Teens
    UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) Digital Mental Health Award RAPJul 1, 2019 - Dec 30, 2020
    Role: Co-PI
    Role Description: Recent applications of innovative mobile health (mHealth) tools, such as text messaging (SMS), hold promise for increasing evidence-based intervention effectiveness in diverse, depressed teens. This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness, mechanisms, and efficacy of CBT group with and without adjunct text messaging as the first-line service for depressed teens at two UCSF mental health clinics: Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospitals and Clinics and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). Dr. Darrow’s role includes quantitative data collection and analysis, coordinating efforts to improve and maintain the text message platform (HealthySMS), and working with providers in the Langley Porter Mood and Anxiety clinic to integrate HealthySMS into the CBT groups for depression.

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    1. Youth and Provider Perspectives on Behavior-Tracking Mobile Apps: Qualitative Analysis. JMIR Ment Health. 2021 Apr 22; 8(4):e24482. PMID: 33885364.
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    2. Synaptic processes and immune-related pathways implicated in Tourette syndrome. Transl Psychiatry. 2021 01 18; 11(1):56. Tsetsos F, Yu D, Sul JH, Huang AY, Illmann C, Osiecki L, Darrow SM, Hirschtritt ME, Greenberg E, Muller-Vahl KR, Stuhrmann M, Dion Y, Rouleau GA, Aschauer H, Stamenkovic M, Schlögelhofer M, Sandor P, Barr CL, Grados MA, Singer HS, Nöthen MM, Hebebrand J, Hinney A, King RA, Fernandez TV, Barta C, Tarnok Z, Nagy P, Depienne C, Worbe Y, Hartmann A, Budman CL, Rizzo R, Lyon GJ, McMahon WM, Batterson JR, Cath DC, Malaty IA, Okun MS, Berlin C, Woods DW, Lee PC, Jankovic J, Robertson MM, Gilbert DL, Brown LW, Coffey BJ, Dietrich A, Hoekstra PJ, Kuperman S, Zinner SH, Wagner M, Knowles JA, Jeremy Willsey A, Tischfield JA, Heiman GA, Cox NJ, Freimer NB, Neale BM, Davis LK, Coppola G, Mathews CA, Scharf JM, Paschou P, Barr CL, Batterson JR, Berlin C, Budman CL, Cath DC, Coppola G, Cox NJ, Darrow S, Davis LK, Dion Y, Freimer NB, Grados MA, Greenberg E, Hirschtritt ME, Huang AY, Illmann C, King RA, Kurlan R, Leckman JF, Lyon GJ, Malaty IA, Mathews CA, McMahon WM, Neale BM, Okun MS, Osiecki L, Robertson MM, Rouleau GA, Sandor P, Scharf JM, Singer HS, Smit JH, Sul JH, Yu D, Aschauer HAH, Barta C, Budman CL, Cath DC, Depienne C, Hartmann A, Hebebrand J, Konstantinidis A, Mathews CA, Müller-Vahl K, Nagy P, Nöthen MM, Paschou P, Rizzo R, Rouleau GA, Sandor P, Scharf JM, Schlögelhofer M, Stamenkovic M, Stuhrmann M, Tsetsos F, Tarnok Z, Wolanczyk T, Worbe Y, Brown L, Cheon KA, Coffey BJ, Dietrich A, Fernandez TV, Garcia-Delgar B, Gilbert D, Grice DE, Hagstrøm J, Hedderly T, Heiman GA, Heyman I, Hoekstra PJ, Huyser C, Kim YK, Kim YS, King RA, Koh YJ, Kook S, Kuperman S, Leventhal BL, Madruga-Garrido M, Mir P, Morer A, Münchau A, Plessen KJ, Roessner V, Shin EY, Song DH, Song J, Tischfield JA, Willsey AJ, Zinner S, Aschauer H, Barr CL, Barta C, Batterson JR, Berlin C, Brown L, Budman CL, Cath DC, Coffey BJ, Coppola G, Cox NJ, Darrow S, Davis LK, Depienne C, Dietrich A, Dion Y, Fernandez T, Freimer NB, Gilbert D, Grados MA, Greenberg E, Hartmann A, Hebebrand J, Heiman G, Hirschtritt ME, Hoekstra P, Huang AY, Illmann C, Jankovic J, King RA, Kuperman S, Lee PC, Lyon GJ, Malaty IA, Mathews CA, McMahon WM, Müller-Vahl K, Nagy P, Neale BM, Nöthen MM, Okun MS, Osiecki L, Paschou P, Rizzo R, Robertson MM, Rouleau GA, Sandor P, Scharf JM, Schlögelhofer M, Singer HS, Stamenkovic M, Stuhrmann M, Sul JH, Tarnok Z, Tischfield J, Tsetsos F, Willsey AJ, Woods D, Worbe Y, Yu D, Zinner S. PMID: 33462189.
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    3. Experiences with using an idiographic assessment procedure in primary mental health care services for adolescents. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2020 Dec; 15(1):1763741. Tollefsen TK, Darrow SM, Lohne V, Berg-Nielsen TS. PMID: 32427540.
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    4. A text-messaging study to help cope with social distancing: clinical trial protocol for the Stay Well at Home study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020 Nov 10. Figueroa CA, Hernandez-Ramos R, Boone CE, Gómez-Pathak L, Yip V, Luo T, Sierra V, Xu J, Chakraborty B, Darrow S, Aguilera A. PMID: 33370721.
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    5. "Is it us or is it me?": Family experiences of connectedness following a reflecting team intervention. J Marital Fam Ther. 2020 Nov 08. Browne DT, Norona J, Busch A, Armstrong K, Crouch S, Ernst T, Darrow S, Smith JA, Ihle EC. PMID: 33161589.
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    6. Adolescents' mental health concerns, reported with an idiographic assessment tool. BMC Psychol. 2020 Nov 07; 8(1):117. Tollefsen TK, Darrow SM, Neumer SP, Berg-Nielsen TS. PMID: 33160418.
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    7. Effects of Social Media on Adolescents' Willingness and Intention to Use E-Cigarettes: An Experimental Investigation. Nicotine Tob Res. 2020 Jan 08. Vogel EA, Ramo DE, Rubinstein ML, Delucchi KL, Darrow S, Costello C, Prochaska JJ. PMID: 31912147.
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    8. Interrogating the Genetic Determinants of Tourette's Syndrome and Other Tic Disorders Through Genome-Wide Association Studies. Am J Psychiatry. 2019 03 01; 176(3):217-227. Yu D, Sul JH, Tsetsos F, Nawaz MS, Huang AY, Zelaya I, Illmann C, Osiecki L, Darrow SM, Hirschtritt ME, Greenberg E, Muller-Vahl KR, Stuhrmann M, Dion Y, Rouleau G, Aschauer H, Stamenkovic M, Schlögelhofer M, Sandor P, Barr CL, Grados M, Singer HS, Nöthen MM, Hebebrand J, Hinney A, King RA, Fernandez TV, Barta C, Tarnok Z, Nagy P, Depienne C, Worbe Y, Hartmann A, Budman CL, Rizzo R, Lyon GJ, McMahon WM, Batterson JR, Cath DC, Malaty IA, Okun MS, Berlin C, Woods DW, Lee PC, Jankovic J, Robertson MM, Gilbert DL, Brown LW, Coffey BJ, Dietrich A, Hoekstra PJ, Kuperman S, Zinner SH, Luðvigsson P, Sæmundsen E, Thorarensen Ó, Atzmon G, Barzilai N, Wagner M, Moessner R, Ophoff R, Pato CN, Pato MT, Knowles JA, Roffman JL, Smoller JW, Buckner RL, Willsey AJ, Tischfield JA, Heiman GA, Stefansson H, Stefansson K, Posthuma D, Cox NJ, Pauls DL, Freimer NB, Neale BM, Davis LK, Paschou P, Coppola G, Mathews CA, Scharf JM. PMID: 30818990.
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    9. Symmetry and Disinhibition are Heritable Endophenotypes For Tourette Syndrome. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 2019 Jan 1; 29:s738. Carol Mathews, Sabrina Darrow, Matthew Hirschtritt, Dongmei Yu, Lea Davis, Jeremiah Scharf. .
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    10. Prevalence and predictors of hair pulling disorder and excoriation disorder in Tourette syndrome. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 May; 27(5):569-579. Greenberg E, Tung ES, Gauvin C, Osiecki L, Yang KG, Curley E, Essa A, Illmann C, Sandor P, Dion Y, Lyon GJ, King RA, Darrow S, Hirschtritt ME, Budman CL, Grados M, Pauls DL, Keuthen NJ, Mathews CA, Scharf JM, . PMID: 29098466.
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    11. Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications: A Survey of Long-Term Users. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Dec 01; 68(12):1232-1238. Ostrow L, Jessell L, Hurd M, Darrow SM, Cohen D. PMID: 28712356.
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    12. Exploring Types of Family Environments in Youth with Eating Disorders. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2017 09; 25(5):389-396. Darrow SM, Accurso EC, Nauman ER, Goldschmidt AB, Le Grange D. PMID: 28675592.
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    13. Genetic and phenotypic overlap of specific obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit/hyperactive subtypes with Tourette syndrome. Psychol Med. 2018 Jan; 48(2):279-293. Hirschtritt ME, Darrow SM, Illmann C, Osiecki L, Grados M, Sandor P, Dion Y, King RA, Pauls D, Budman CL, Cath DC, Greenberg E, Lyon GJ, Yu D, McGrath LM, McMahon WM, Lee PC, Delucchi KL, Scharf JM, Mathews CA. PMID: 28651666.
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    14. Autism Spectrum Symptoms in a Tourette's Disorder Sample. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2017 Jul; 56(7):610-617.e1. Darrow SM, Grados M, Sandor P, Hirschtritt ME, Illmann C, Osiecki L, Dion Y, King R, Pauls D, Budman CL, Cath DC, Greenberg E, Lyon GJ, McMahon WM, Lee PC, Delucchi KL, Scharf JM, Mathews CA. PMID: 28647013.
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    15. 896 Genetic and Phenotypic Overlap of Specific Obsessive-Compulsive Subtypes with Tourette Syndrome. Biological Psychiatry. 2017 May 1; 81(10):s361-s362. Matthew Hirschtritt, Sabrina M. Darrow, Cornelia Illmann, Lisa Osiecki, Marco Grados, Paul Sandor, Yves Dion, Robert A. King, David Pauls, Cathy L. Budman, Danielle C. Cath, Erica Greenberg, Gholson J. Lyon, Dongmei Yu, Lauren M. McGrath, William M. McMahon, Paul C. Lee, Kevin L. Delucchi, Jeremiah M. Scharf, Carol A. Mathews. .
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    16. Identification of Two Heritable Cross-Disorder Endophenotypes for Tourette Syndrome. Am J Psychiatry. 2017 04 01; 174(4):387-396. Darrow SM, Hirschtritt ME, Davis LK, Illmann C, Osiecki L, Grados M, Sandor P, Dion Y, King R, Pauls D, Budman CL, Cath DC, Greenberg E, Lyon GJ, Yu D, McGrath LM, McMahon WM, Lee PC, Delucchi KL, Scharf JM, Mathews CA, . PMID: 27809572.
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    17. The Association Between Psychiatric Disorders and Telomere Length: A Meta-Analysis Involving 14,827 Persons. Psychosom Med. 2016 09; 78(7):776-87. Darrow SM, Verhoeven JE, Révész D, Lindqvist D, Penninx BW, Delucchi KL, Wolkowitz OM, Mathews CA. PMID: 27359174.
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    18. Social disinhibition is a heritable subphenotype of tics in Tourette syndrome. Neurology. 2016 Aug 02; 87(5):497-504. Hirschtritt ME, Darrow SM, Illmann C, Osiecki L, Grados M, Sandor P, Dion Y, King RA, Pauls DL, Budman CL, Cath DC, Greenberg E, Lyon GJ, Yu D, McGrath LM, McMahon WM, Lee PC, Delucchi KL, Scharf JM, Mathews CA, . PMID: 27371487.
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    19. Web-based phenotyping for Tourette Syndrome: Reliability of common co-morbid diagnoses. Psychiatry Res. 2015 Aug 30; 228(3):816-25. Darrow SM, Illmann C, Gauvin C, Osiecki L, Egan CA, Greenberg E, Eckfield M, Hirschtritt ME, Pauls DL, Batterson JR, Berlin CM, Malaty IA, Woods DW, Scharf JM, Mathews CA. PMID: 26054936.
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    20. The role of functional assessment in third wave behavioral interventions: foundations and future directions for a fourth wave. Current Opinion in Psychology. 2015 Apr 1; 2:60-64. Glenn M Callaghan, Sabrina M Darrow. .
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    21. The Body Image Psychological Inflexibility Scale: development and psychometric properties. Psychiatry Res. 2015 Mar 30; 226(1):45-52. Callaghan GM, Sandoz EK, Darrow SM, Feeney TK. PMID: 25618470.
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    22. Where?s the beef?: Reply to Kanter, Holman, and Wilson. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. 2014 Oct 1; 3(4):265-268. Sabrina M. Darrow, William C. Follette. .
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    23. Clinical Behavior Analysis. The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Operant and Classical Conditioning. 2014 May 19; 669-693. William C. Follette, Sabrina M. Darrow. .
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    24. The Functional Idiographic Assessment Template-Questionnaire (FIAT-Q): Initial Psychometric Properties. J Contextual Behav Sci. 2014 Apr 01; 3(2):124-135. Darrow SM, Callaghan GC, Bonow JT, Follette WC. PMID: 25250219.
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    25. A Behavior Analytic Interpretation of Alexithymia. J Contextual Behav Sci. 2014 Apr; 3(2):98-108. Darrow SM, Follette WC. PMID: 25473602.
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    26. Handbook of Operant and Classical Conditioning. McSweeney, F.K. & Murphy, E.S. (Eds.). Clinical Behavior Analysis. 2014. Follette, W.C., & Darrow, S.M.
    27. An Empirical Model of Body Image Disturbance Using Behavioral Principles found in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Int J Behav Consult Ther. 2012 Apr 01; 7(2-3):16-24. Callaghan GM, Duenas JA, Nadeau SE, Darrow SM, Van der Merwe J, Misko J. PMID: 23997716.
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    28. Equifinality in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: Different Strokes for Different Folks. Int J Behav Consult Ther. 2012 Jan 01; 7(2-3):38-44. Darrow SM, Dalto G, Follette WC. PMID: 24533011.
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    29. An empirical model of body image disturbance using behavioral principles found in functional analytic psychotherapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy. 2012; 2-3(7):16-24. Callaghan, G.M., Duenas, J.A., Nadeau, S.E., Darrow, S.M., Van der Merwe, J., & Misko, J.
    30. The function and topography of behavior: Things aren’t always as they seem. European Psychotherapy. 2012; 1(9):81-92. Follette, W.C. & Darrow, S.M.
    31. Starting a functional assessment of depression (FAD): development of a FAD. Behav Modif. 2011 Mar; 35(2):201-29. Darrow SM, Follette WC. PMID: 21324947.
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    32. Reviewing risk for individuals with developmental disabilities. Clin Psychol Rev. 2011 Apr; 31(3):472-7. Darrow SM, Follette WC, Maragakis A, Dykstra T. PMID: 21146273.
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    33. W. T. O’Donohue (Ed.), General principles of cognitive behavior therapy. Cognitive behavior therapy: A current appraisal. 2009. Follette, W. C., Darrow, S. M., & Bonow, J. T.
    34. Supervision and Therapist Self-Development. A Guide to Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. 2009 Jan 1; 1-32. Mavis Tsai, Glenn M. Callaghan, Robert J. Kohlenberg, William C. Follette, Sabrina M. Darrow. .
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