Sapana Patel, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons
Research Associate, Anxiety Disorders Clinic of the New York State Psychiatric Institute

Dr. Sapana Patel, PhD focuses her research on the development and implementation of quality improvement initiatives for mental health care delivery in primary and specialty care settings, with an emphasis in patient-centered care to improve the delivery and quality of mental health services through treatment preferences and shared decision-making, where patients and providers combine efforts as active participants in treatment choices.

She has completed two NIMH research fellowships and was the recipient of a Mentored Patient Oriented Research Career Development Award to develop and test a decision aid for depressed African Americans and Hispanics at a Federally Qualified Health Centers in New York City. Her implementation research efforts focus on the dissemination and implementation of collaborative care models and e-health interventions to improve access to care for mental illness.

Dr. Patel is a graduate of Boston University and Yeshiva University in New York, where she earned her PhD in 2004.