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Sabrina Darrow, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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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.

    In her role as the Associate Director of Research at the Young Adult and Family Center (YAFC), she leads the evaluation and research program aimed at improving mental health services for youth and their families. Projects include evaluations of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Intensive Family Therapy, and YAFC telemedicine projects. Dr. Darrow is also leading the YAFC 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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    Let’s Text! Improving Engagement in Depression Services for Diverse Teens
    UCSF Resource Allocation Program (RAP) Digital Mental Health Award RAPJul 1, 2019 - Jun 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. Vogel EA, Ramo DE, Rubinstein ML, Delucchi KL, Darrow S, Costello C, Prochaska JJ. Effects of Social Media on Adolescents' Willingness and Intention to Use E-Cigarettes: An Experimental Investigation. Nicotine Tob Res. 2020 Jan 08. PMID: 31912147.
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    2. 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. 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. PMID: 30818990.
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    3. Carol Mathews, Sabrina Darrow, Matthew Hirschtritt, Dongmei Yu, Lea Davis, Jeremiah Scharf. Symmetry and Disinhibition are Heritable Endophenotypes For Tourette Syndrome. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 2019 Jan 1; 29:s738.
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    4. 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. Prevalence and predictors of hair pulling disorder and excoriation disorder in Tourette syndrome. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2018 May; 27(5):569-579. PMID: 29098466.
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    5. Ostrow L, Jessell L, Hurd M, Darrow SM, Cohen D. Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications: A Survey of Long-Term Users. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Dec 01; 68(12):1232-1238. PMID: 28712356.
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    6. Darrow SM, Accurso EC, Nauman ER, Goldschmidt AB, Le Grange D. Exploring Types of Family Environments in Youth with Eating Disorders. Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2017 09; 25(5):389-396. PMID: 28675592.
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    7. 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. Genetic and phenotypic overlap of specific obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit/hyperactive subtypes with Tourette syndrome. Psychol Med. 2018 Jan; 48(2):279-293. PMID: 28651666.
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    8. 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. Autism Spectrum Symptoms in a Tourette's Disorder Sample. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2017 Jul; 56(7):610-617.e1. PMID: 28647013.
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    9. 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. 896 Genetic and Phenotypic Overlap of Specific Obsessive-Compulsive Subtypes with Tourette Syndrome. Biological Psychiatry. 2017 May 1; 81(10):s361-s362.
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    10. 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. Identification of Two Heritable Cross-Disorder Endophenotypes for Tourette Syndrome. Am J Psychiatry. 2017 04 01; 174(4):387-396. PMID: 27809572.
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    11. Darrow SM, Verhoeven JE, Révész D, Lindqvist D, Penninx BW, Delucchi KL, Wolkowitz OM, Mathews CA. The Association Between Psychiatric Disorders and Telomere Length: A Meta-Analysis Involving 14,827 Persons. Psychosom Med. 2016 09; 78(7):776-87. PMID: 27359174.
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    12. 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. Social disinhibition is a heritable subphenotype of tics in Tourette syndrome. Neurology. 2016 Aug 02; 87(5):497-504. PMID: 27371487.
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    13. 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. Web-based phenotyping for Tourette Syndrome: Reliability of common co-morbid diagnoses. Psychiatry Res. 2015 Aug 30; 228(3):816-25. PMID: 26054936.
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    14. Glenn M Callaghan, Sabrina M Darrow. 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.
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    15. Callaghan GM, Sandoz EK, Darrow SM, Feeney TK. The Body Image Psychological Inflexibility Scale: development and psychometric properties. Psychiatry Res. 2015 Mar 30; 226(1):45-52. PMID: 25618470.
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    16. Sabrina M. Darrow, William C. Follette. Where?s the beef?: Reply to Kanter, Holman, and Wilson. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. 2014 Oct 1; 3(4):265-268.
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    17. William C. Follette, Sabrina M. Darrow. Clinical Behavior Analysis. The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Operant and Classical Conditioning. 2014 May 19; 669-693.
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    18. Darrow SM, Follette WC. A Behavior Analytic Interpretation of Alexithymia. J Contextual Behav Sci. 2014 Apr; 3(2):98-108. PMID: 25473602.
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    19. Darrow SM, Callaghan GC, Bonow JT, Follette WC. The Functional Idiographic Assessment Template-Questionnaire (FIAT-Q): Initial Psychometric Properties. J Contextual Behav Sci. 2014 Apr 01; 3(2):124-135. PMID: 25250219.
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    20. Follette, W.C., & Darrow, S.M.Handbook of Operant and Classical Conditioning. McSweeney, F.K. & Murphy, E.S. (Eds.). Clinical Behavior Analysis. 2014.
    21. Callaghan GM, Duenas JA, Nadeau SE, Darrow SM, Van der Merwe J, Misko J. 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. PMID: 23997716.
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    22. Darrow SM, Dalto G, Follette WC. Equifinality in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: Different Strokes for Different Folks. Int J Behav Consult Ther. 2012 Jan 01; 7(2-3):38-44. PMID: 24533011.
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    23. Callaghan, G.M., Duenas, J.A., Nadeau, S.E., Darrow, S.M., Van der Merwe, J., & Misko, J.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.
    24. Follette, W.C. & Darrow, S.M.The function and topography of behavior: Things aren’t always as they seem. European Psychotherapy. 2012; 1(9):81-92.
    25. Darrow SM, Follette WC. Starting a functional assessment of depression (FAD): development of a FAD. Behav Modif. 2011 Mar; 35(2):201-29. PMID: 21324947.
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    26. Darrow SM, Follette WC, Maragakis A, Dykstra T. Reviewing risk for individuals with developmental disabilities. Clin Psychol Rev. 2011 Apr; 31(3):472-7. PMID: 21146273.
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    27. Follette, W. C., Darrow, S. M., & Bonow, J. T.W. T. O’Donohue (Ed.), General principles of cognitive behavior therapy. Cognitive behavior therapy: A current appraisal. 2009.
    28. Mavis Tsai, Glenn M. Callaghan, Robert J. Kohlenberg, William C. Follette, Sabrina M. Darrow. Supervision and Therapist Self-Development. A Guide to Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. 2009 Jan 1; 1-32.
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