Sarah Bowen

Sarah Bowen, Ph.D. | CV
Acting Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
1100 NE 45th, Suite 300, Office 322
Box 354944 Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 685-2995


Dr. Bowen is a clinical psychologist and an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her clinical work and research has focused primarily on mindfulness-based interventions for relapse prevention, with a specific focus on mechanisms of change, dual diagnosis, and underserved populations. Sarah has authored over 30 articles and chapters on this and related topics, is a lead author of the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician’s Guide. Dr. Bowen leads professional trainings in mindfulness-based interventions in the U.S. and Canada, and has facilitated groups in private and county treatment agencies, the VA medical center, and adult and juvenile prison facilities.


Bowen, S., Witkiewitz, K., Clifasefi, S., Grow, J., Chawla, N., Hsu, S., Douglas, H., Harrop, E., Collins, S., Lustyk, K., & Larimer, M. (under review). Relative Efficacy of Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention, Relapse Prevention and Standard Aftercare Treatment in Preventing Relapse to Substance Use: 2-month outcomes.

Lee, K-H., Bowen, S., & Bai, A-F. (2011). Psychosocial outcomes of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention in incarcerated substance abusers in Taiwan: A preliminary study. Journal of Substance Abuse, 16, 476-483.

Witkiewitz, K. & Bowen, S. (2010). Depression, craving and substance use following a randomized trial of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 362-374.

Brewer, J. A., Bowen, S., Smith, J.T., Marlatt, G. A., & Potenza, M. N. (2010). Applying mindfulness-based treatments to co-occurring disorders: What can we learn from the brain? Addiction, 105, 1698- 1706.

Bowen, S. & *Kurz, A. S. (2012). Between-session practice and therapeutic alliance as predictors of mindfulness after mindfulness-based relapse prevention. Journal of Clinical Psychology 68 (3), 236-245. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20855

Bowen, S., Chawla, N., Collins, S., Witkiewitz, K., Hsu, S., Grow, J., et al. (2009). Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Substance Use Disorders: A Pilot Efficacy Trial. Substance Abuse, 30, 205-305.

Bowen, S. & Marlatt, G. A. (2009). Surfing the Urge: Brief Mindfulness-Based Intervention for College Student Smokers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 666-671.

Bowen, S. Witkiewitz, K., Dillworth, T.M., Chawla, N., Simpson, T.L., Ostafin, B., Larimer, M.E., Blume, A.W., Parks, G.A. and G. Alan Marlatt, G.A. (2006). Mindfulness meditation and substance use in an incarcerated population. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 20, 343-347.