Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Sarah H. Church, Ph.D.

Sarah H. Church, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Executive Director, Einstein Division of Substance Abuse

Professional Interests

Sarah Church, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, who serves as the Executive Director of the Division of Substance Abuse at Montefiore Medical Center and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  She completed a predoctoral fellowship in addiction at the Yale University School of Medicine after graduating from Fordham University with a doctorate in clinical psychology and from Columbia University with an AB in psychology.  

Dr. Church has significant experience in substance abuse treatment and research and expertise in the management and administration of substance abuse treatment programs with integrated medical and psychiatric care.  She sits on the Clinical Advisory Board for OASAS, is a member of the NYC-DOHMH Community Services Board, serves on the Board of the Coalition of Medication Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates (COMPA) and serves on the Executive Committee for the NYS Association for Substance Abuse Providers and on the Executive Committee for the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). 



Selected Publications

* Ling, W., Hillhouse, M.P., Saxon, A.J., Thomas, C.M., Ang, A., Matthews, A.G., Hasson, A, Annon, J., Sparenborg, S., Liu, D.S., McCormack, J., Church, S., et. al. (2016) Buprenorphine + Naloxone plus Naltrexone for the Treatment of Cocaine Dependence: The Cocaine Use Reduction with Buprenorphine (CURB) Study. Addiction doi: 10.1111/add.13375

* Carpenter, K.M., Schreiber, E., Church, S., and McDowell, D. (2006) Drug Stroop Performance: Relationships with primary substance of use and treatment outcome in a drug-dependent outpatient sample. Addictive Behaviors. 31: 174-181.

* Sullivan M.A., Rothenberg J.L., Suzanne Vosburg, S.K., Church S.H., Feldman, S.J., Epstein, E.M., Kleber, H.D. and Nunes E.V. (2006) Predictors of retention in naltrexone maintenance for opioid dependence: Analysis of stage I trial. American Journal of Addiction; 15 (2), 150-159.

* Church, S.H. (2004). Lessons Learned from Project MATCH. [Review of the book Treatment Matching in Alcoholism] Contemporary Psychology, 49, 629-631.

* Rothenberg, J.L., Sullivan, M.A., Church, S.H., Seracini, A., Collins, E., Kleber, H.D., and Nunes, E.V. (2002) Behavioral Naltrexone Therapy: An integrated treatment for opiate dependence. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 23(4) pp. 351-360.

* Rothenberg, J.L., Sullivan, M.A., Church, S.H., Nunes, E.V. (2001) Retention in treatment: A controlled trial of Behavioral Naltrexone Therapy (BNT) vs. Compliance Enhancement. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 63 (1): 135.

* Church, S.H., Rothenberg, J.L., Sullivan, M.A., Bornstein, G., and Nunes, E.V. (2001) Concurrent substance use and outcome in combined behavioral and naltrexone therapy for opiate dependence, American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 27(3): 441-452.

* Church, S.H. (2000). Cocaine abuse in the new millennium: We haven’t seen the last of this epidemic. [Review of the book Cocaine Abuse: Behavior, Pharmacology, and Clinical Applications] Contemporary Psychology, 54, 449-451.

* Hutchings, D.E., Zmitrovich, A.C., Brake, S.H., Church, S.H., and Malowany, D. (1993). Prenatal administration of methadone in the rat increases offspring startle amplitude at three weeks of age. Neurotoxicology & Teratology. 15, 157-164.

* Hutchings, D.E., Zmitrovich, A., Church, S., and Malowany, D. (1993). Methadone during pregnancy: The search for a valid animal model. Annalia dell'Instituto Superiore di Sanita, 29, 39-44.

* Hutchings, D.E., Zmitrovich, A.C., Malowany, D., Church, S., and Nero, T.J. (1992). Prenatal administration of methadone using the osmotic minipump: Effects on maternal and offspring toxicity, growth and behavior in the rat. Neurotoxicology & Teratology, 14, 65-71.

* Zmitrovich, A.C., Hutchings, D.E., Dow-Edwards, D., Malowany, D., and Church, S. (1992). The effects of prenatal exposure to cocaine on the rest-activity cycle of the preweanling rat. Pharmacol. Biochem. Beh. 43, 1059-1064.


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