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Sarah E. Dunn, PhD

Clinical Director
Grady Nia Project

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Phone: 404-616-2895

Fax: 404-616-2898



Sarah E. Dunn, PhD, ABPP, is a psychology faculty member based at Grady Health System. During her training at Emory as an intern and postdoctoral resident, she spent time in the Grady medical emergency room (ER) and developed a program for placing psychiatry in the ER, which laid the foundation for the current Psychiatric Emergency Service and for which she received the Innovative Program Development Award. She has been involved with the Grady Nia Project since she was in graduate school and has served as the Nia Project Clinical Director since 2012, which also involves her supervising individual and group therapy through the program. Dr. Dunn also coordinates and supervises psychological assessment at Grady’s Adult Outpatient Program and conducts psychiatric evaluations for youth receiving services at Grady in both the ER and on the medical floors. Board certified in Clinical Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), she is a board certification examiner and an applicant mentor. She has publications related to the Nia Project and integrated care and recently published a case report of a young woman rescued after being held captive by cult affiliated individuals. Her areas of expertise include risk assessment, crisis management, and emergency room psychology; psychological assessment including forensic evaluations; assessment and treatment of suicidal persons, individuals with trauma histories including exposure to family violence and associated PTSD, and those diagnosed with serious mental illness and personality disorders; and clinical supervision. She comments to the media about various psychology-related topics.