Dr. Sarah Manchak
Sarah Manchak is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Her research primarily focuses on individuals with serious mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. Her dissertation examined the nature and effects of client-provider relationships in mandated treatment settings. She has also previously coordinated a multi-site study of specialty mental health probation, which was funded by the MacArthur Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment, and a NIMH-funded study of psychiatric patients with dual mental and substance diagnoses at risk for violence and self-harm. Her work seeks to inform risk assessment, community supervision, and treatment practices for this high-risk/high-need population.