Sarah Kopelovich, Ph.D.

Acting Assistant Professor
(206) 221-1218
Professional Summary

Sarah Kopelovich, PhD is a clinical forensic psychologist whose research interests straddle multiple areas of psychology, public policy, and the law, with a broad focus on enhancing the evidence base for effective recovery-oriented treatments of adults with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) in psycholegal settings. Her research seeks to optimize individualized care for persons with SMI by empowering mental health consumers to be active agents in their recovery and working with agencies and clinicians to facilitate holistic recovery. In addition, Dr. Kopelovich has initiated a line of research investigating the therapeutic value of the death penalty and the psychological effects of death sentences on the family members of the homicide victim.

Dr. Kopelovich’s clinical specialty is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) and Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) for individuals with persistent and medication-resistant symptoms. She has conducted trainings for psychiatry residents and psychology trainees to enhance the accessibility of this treatment in both mainstream and forensic community and residential settings. Dr. Kopelovich is also well-trained in suicide and violence risk assessment and management of high-risk individuals.

Dr. Kopelovich joins the faculty of the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy following a psychology postdoctoral fellowship in Severe Mental Illness at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from City University of New York and a terminal Master’s in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.