Katherine Sanchez, LCSW, PhD., is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. Dr. Sanchez practiced as a bilingual clinical social worker for 15 years, primarily in medical settings with monolingual Spanish-speaking populations. Her principal area of research is in integrated health care and the provision of socio-culturally, linguistically adapted models for the treatment of co-morbid mental and physical illness. Dr. Sanchez teaches social work direct practice courses. She has reviewed the research literature extensively and written on linguistic competency and patient treatment preferences in the provision of mental health services.

Dr. Sanchez has an additional research agenda to translate the evidence in collaborative care by training culturally diverse, bilingual social workers in evidence-based interventions proven effective for racial and ethnic minority populations. Dr. Sanchez served as the lead science writer for the national consensus report funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in collaboration with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, “Enhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach.”

Dr. Sanchez has been awarded two federal research grants, one from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hispanic Health Services Research Grant Program (2014) and one from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (2015). Both projects aim to screen Hispanic patients in a community health center for depression and implement a Depression Education Intervention (DEI) designed to increase disease literacy, and dispel myths about depression and its treatment among Hispanic patients, thus reducing stigma and increasing treatment engagement. The NIH grant has an additional aim to test an integarted health care model for the treatment of depression.

  • 2011 - Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1992 - M.S.S.W. in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1989 - B.A. in Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
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