Dr. Sarah Martin is a licensed clinical psychologist and a postdoctoral fellow in the UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program. Sarah received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University and completed her clinical internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. As a doctoral student in the Child Health and Medical Pain Lab, Sarah was interested in how psychological and social factors affect pain experiences in youth. Sarah completed most of her clinical training in pediatric and hospital settings, providing cognitive-behavioral interventions to children and young adults with medical conditions. She also received focused supervision on the needs of underrepresented pediatric patients with hematology and oncology conditions. Currently, Sarah’s research – funded by the National Institutes of Health – examines effects of self-hypnosis and social factors on physiological pain responses in adolescents with sickle cell disease. She has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and presents her research at national and international conferences. On a community level, Sarah serves as a board member for a non-profit organization – Responsibility – that provides education to children living in trash dump communities in Mexico and Nicaragua. When not in the research lab or clinic, Sarah enjoys live music, the beach, snowboarding, traveling, and running with (or after) her very energetic dog. Sarah’s professional experiences continue to foster her appreciation for the power of mind-body interventions and social connection for youth with pain conditions. 

Sarah’s creative healing: coloring with a mindful approach and listening to music while walking her dog