• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Psychology

Department of Psychology
335 Guthrie Hall
Box 351525
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Dr. Dorsey’s research is on evidence-based treatments (EBT) for children and adolescents, with a particular focus on implementation of EBTs in low-resource settings in the US and globally (rural areas, public mental health in WA State). Her work has often focused on Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), with hybrid research designs that include both effectiveness and implementation questions. Research has focused on collaborative adaptation for diverse contexts and on training and supervision strategies. Global work focuses on task shifting, in which lay counselors deliver treatment under supervision. Dr. Dorsey is also involved in treatment redesign work (common elements/modular treatments) both in Washington State and globally.

  • PhD (University of Georgia)
  • MS (University of Georgia)
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Implementation Science
  • Mental Health
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Dorsey, S., Gray, C. L., Wasonga, A. I., Amanya, C., Weiner, B. J., Belden, C. M., Martin, P., Meza, R. D., Weinhold, A., Soi, C., Murray, L. K., Lucid, L., Turner, E. L., Mildon, R., & Whetten, K. (2020). Advancing successful implementation of task-shifted mental health care in low-resource settings (BASIC): Protocol for a stepped wedge cluster randomized trial. BMC Psychiatry, 20 (10), 1-14.

Dorsey, S., Lucid, L., Martin, P., King, K. M., O’Donnell, K., Murray, L. K., Wasonga, A. I., Itemba, D. K., Cohen, J. A., Manongi, R., & Whetten, K. (2020). Effectiveness of task-shifted trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for children who experienced parental death and posttraumatic stress in Kenya and Tanzania a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry.

Dorsey, S., Meza, R. D., Martin, P., Gray, C. L., Triplett, N. S., Soi, C., Woodard, G. S., Lucid, L., Amanya, C., Wasonga, A., Whetten, K. (2019). Lay counselor perspectives of providing a child-focused mental health intervention for children: Task-sharing in the education and health extension sectors in Kenya. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 1-15.