Dr. Laurel Sarfan

Laurel Sarfan, PhD

Research Scientist I

Division of Behavioral Health




Dr. Laurel Sarfan is a clinical scientist whose research is focused on seeking a better understanding of mental health, developing and improving treatments for mental health, and partnering with providers and patients to implement treatments for mental health in clinical practice settings. In her research, she uses a transdiagnostic lens, with the overarching goal of improving effectiveness and availability of treatments for individuals across a wide range of diagnoses. Dr. Sarfan has a particular interest in brief scalable interventions, comorbidity and interdisciplinary collaborations, strategies to improve and tailor existing treatments, and the sustainment of effective mental health treatments in clinical care.

Dr. Sarfan is a research affiliate of the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has been funded by federal and nonprofit organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.



Areas of Focus

  • Mental health
  • Transdiagnostic treatments
  • Implementation science


Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California
PhD, Clinical Psychology
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio
APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Internship
VA Northern Calif. Health Care System/East Bay
Martinez, California
MA, Social Sciences
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Honors and Awards

  • President’s New Researcher Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, 2024
  • F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 2023-2024