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Sabrina Darrow


Tahoe native, outdoor enthusiast, garlic lover

Sabrina Darrow is a psychologist who works with teens, young adults and their families. She practices dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a comprehensive treatment that combines psychotherapy sessions with teaching skills for handling experiences that bring up intense or difficult emotions. Her work includes individual, family and group therapy.

Darrow's research focuses on ways to improve behavior therapy for teens, young adults and these patients' families. In her role as associate director of research at UCSF's Young Adult and Family Center (YAFC), she leads the investigative program aimed at improving mental health services for youths and their families. She is also leading an initiative to implement and evaluate DBT for adolescents in the public mental health system, a collaboration between YAFC and San Francisco County's Child, Youth and Family System of Care.

Darrow earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed an internship at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Her postdoctoral studies included UCSF's clinical services research training program.

Darrow is a member of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, Association for Psychological Science and Association for Behavior Analysis International.

In her free time, Darrow loves exploring the outdoors.

  • Education

    University of Nevada, Reno, BA, Psychology, 2003

    University of Nevada, Reno, PhD, Clinical Psychology, 2011

  • Fellowships

    Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, 2013

    Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, 2015

I enjoy integrating science into my practice and helping people understand how to use behavioral principles to improve their lives.

Where I see patients (1)

    Decorative Caduceus

    Better Sleep Study

    Validated biological and behavioral assessment; range between 0 and 11 hours, with shorter numbers indicating worse alignment between circadian biology and behavior


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    Saving future lives

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