Sarah Starks, Ph.D

Dr. Starks is a mental health services researcher with a focus on healthcare outcomes research and health policy for individuals with serious mental illness. She has worked at on client outcomes evaluations in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) since 2006, including on a NIMH-funded study of Full Service Partnership programs implemented under the Mental Health Services Act (PIs: Braslow and Brekke) and a DMH-contracted evaluation of Los Angeles County’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment program (PIs: Braslow and Bourgois). Prior to that she worked on a NIMH-funded study on the history of state psychiatric hospital care in California (PI: Braslow). She received her undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Health Services from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

selected publications

Braslow J, Starks S, Castillo EG, Brekke J, Levenson J. 2021. Recovery in Context: thirty years of mental health policy in California. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 64(1): 82-102.

Starks SL, Kelly EL, Castillo EG, Meldrum ML, Bourgois P, Braslow JT. 2020. Client Outreach in Los Angeles County’s Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program: Strategies and Barriers to Engagement. Research on Social Work Practice. Advance online publication.

Starks SL, Arns PG, Padwa H, Friedman JR, Marrow J, Meldrum ML, Bromley E, Kelly EL, Brekke JS, Braslow JT. 2017. System Transformation under the California Mental Health Services Act: Implementation of Full-Service Partnerships in L.A. County. Psychiatric Services 68(6): 587-95. PMCID: PMC6005368.

Starks SL. 2012. Cost and Effectiveness of Full Service Partnerships: Assertive Community Treatment of Severe Mental Illness following the California Mental Health Services Act [Dissertation]. Los Angeles: Health Services, University of California, Los Angeles.