Sara J. Landes, Ph.D.

PositionsSara J. Landes

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Clinical Psychologist, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Director, Behavioral Health Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Program
Investigator, VISN 16 MIRECC, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Research Health Scientist, Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Core Faculty, Center for Implementation Research, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


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UAMS Phone: (501) 686-7123
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Research Expertise

Sara J. Landes, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist interested in researching the implementation of evidence-based mental health treatments, with a focus on suicide prevention and larger health care systems. She completed a predoctoral psychology internship and a NIMH-funded NRSA postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine where she developed clinical expertise in interventions for suicide, specifically Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). During her fellowship, she helped write a NIMH-funded conference grant that resulted in the creation of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. Following fellowship, Dr. Landes worked at the VA’s National Center for PTSD’s Dissemination and Training Division where she was awarded a VA QUERI Rapid Response Project (RRP) to examine implementation of DBT in VA. She was also a co-investigator on two Department of Defense-funded implementation research projects that examined online training and dissemination through a provider registry. Dr. Landes is currently leading a VA HSR&D-funded project to evaluate the implementation of REACH VET, a suicide prevention intervention that utilizes predictive modeling, with the VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. She is also leading a VA QUERI-funded partnered implementation initiative grant to implement and evaluate Caring Contacts, a suicide prevention intervention, in VA emergency departments. Dr. Landes also leads the VA’s Behavioral Health QUERI Program which is focused on implementation of behavioral health interventions such as DBT, Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Programs (BHIP) teams, and a bipolar telehealth program for veterans identified by REACH VET. Dr. Landes currently serves on the Military Suicide Research Consortium Dissemination and Implementation Core and is Past President of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration.

Recent Publications

Current Publications (2009-2020)

  1. Landes, S. J., Kerns, S. E. U., Pilar, M. R., Walsh-Bailey, C., Yu, S. H., Byeon, Y. V., Crane, M. E., Larson, M., Bullock, H. L., Baumann, A. A., Comtois, K. A., Darnell, D., Dorsey, S., Fizur, P., Lewis, C. C., Moullin, J. C., Pierson, A., Powell, B. J., Stanick, C. F., Wiltsey Stirman, S., & Franks, R. P. (in press). Proceedings of the fourth biennial conference of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) 2019: The intersection of research, policy, and practice part 1.
  2. Comtois, K. A., DeCou, C. R., Landes, S. J., Brown, G. K., Soberay, K. A., Pierson, A., Gutierrez, P. M., & Joiner, T. E. (2020). Dissemination and implementation of suicide research in the Department of Defense: Perspective from the Military Suicide Research Consortium. Military Behavioral Health.
  3. Connors, E. H., Douglas, S., Jensen-Doss, A., Landes, S. J., Lewis, C. C., McLeod, B. D., Stanick, C., & Lyon, A. R. (2020). What gets measured gets done: How mental health agencies can leverage measurement-based care for better patient care, clinician supports, and organizational goals. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.
  4. Kessler, R. C., Bauer, M., Bishop, T., Demler, O., Dobscha, S., Gildea, S., Goulet, J., Karras, E., Kreyenbuhl, J. A., Landes, S. J., Liu, H., Luedtke, A., Mair, P., McAuliffe, W., Nock, M., Petukhova, M., Pigeon, W. R., Sampson, N., Smoller, J., Weinstock, L., & Bossarte, R. (2020). Using administrative data to predict suicide after psychiatric hospitalization. Frontiers in Psychiatry. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00390
  5. McBain, S. A., Woodward, E., Palmer, B. E., Landes, S. J., & Wilson, M. (in press). Patients accept screening for mental health and substance use disorders while ED clinicians support only if able to refer. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. doi:
  6. Ruzek, J. I., Landes, S. J., McGee-Vincent, P., Rosen, C. S., Crowley, J., Calhoun, P., McGraw, K., Walser, R. D., Smith, J. L., Barry, D. S., Schmidt, J., Simon, E., Runnals, J., Liu, N. H., Shaw, R. K., Zimmerman, L., Nottis, D., Tiet, Q. Q., Juhasz, K. M., & Kirchner, J. E. (2020). Creating a practice-based implementation network: Facilitating practice change across health care systems. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.
  7. Landes, S. J., Matthieu, M. M., Smith, B. N., McBain, S. A., & Ray, E. R. (in press). Challenges and possible solutions to implementing phone coaching in dialectical behavior therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
  8. Landes, S. J., Kirchner, J. E., Areno, J. P., Reger, M. A., Abraham, T. H., Pitcock, J. A., Bollinger, M. J., & Comtois, K. A. (2019). Adapting and implementing caring Contacts in a Department of Veterans Affairs emergency department: A pilot study protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5, 115.
  9. Landes, S. J., McBain, S. A., & Curran, G. M. (2019). An introduction to effectiveness-implementation hybrid designs. Psychiatry Research, 280, 112513.
  10. Woodward, E. N., Cunningham, J., Banks, R. Flynn, A. F., Mereish, E., Landes, S. J., Kirchner, J. E., & Pantalone, D. W. (2019). Sexual minority men want provider behavior consistent with attitudes and norms during patient-provider interactions regarding HIV prevention. Psychology, Health, and Medicine. doi:10.1080/13548506.2019.1656338
  11. McBain, S. A., Sexton, K. W., Palmer, B. E., & Landes, S. J. (2019). Characterization of PTSD screening implementation at a Level 1 trauma center. Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open, 4, doi:10.1136/tsaco-2019-000345
  12. Landes, S. J., Smith, B. N., & Weingardt, K. R. (2019). Supporting grass roots implementation through an online community of practice: A case study in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 26, 453-465.
  13. Lewis, C. C., Lyon, A. R., McBain, S. A., & Landes, S. J. (2019). Testing and exploring the limits of traditional notions of fidelity and adaptation in implementation of preventive interventions. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 40, 137-141.
  14. DeCou, C. R., Comtois, K. A., & Landes, S. J. (2019). Dialectical behavior therapy is effective for the treatment of suicidal behavior: A meta-analysis. Behavior Therapy, 50, 60-72.
  15. Lewis, C. C., Stanick, C., Lyon, A., Darnell, D., Locke, J., Puspitasari, A., Marriott, B. R., Dorsey, C. N., Larson, M., Jackson, C., Thayer, J., Walsh Bailey, C., Legnick-Hall, R., Dorsey, S., Landes, S. J. (2018). Introduction: Proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Conference of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) 2017: Implementation mechanisms: What makes implementation work and why? Part 1. Implementation Science, 13 (Suppl 2), 30.
  16. Lewis, C. C., Larson, M., Marriott, B. R., Jackson, C. B., Dorsey, C. N., Kerns, S. E. U., Stanick, C., Monroe DeVita, M., Locke, J., Lyon, A. R., Dorsey, S., & Landes, S. J. (2018). Optimizing psychology’s impact on public health through implementation science: An introduction to the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. Observer, 31, 33-35.
  17. Kirchner, J. E., Landes, S. J., & Eagan, A. E. (2018). Applying KT network complexity to a highly-partnered knowledge transfer effort. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 7(6), 560-562. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2017.141
  18. Smith, T. L., Landes, S. J., Lester-Williams, K., Day, K. T., Batdorf, W., Brown, G. K., Trockel, M., Smith, B. S., Chard, K. M., Healy, E. T., & Weingardt, K. R. (2017). Developing alternative training delivery methods to improve psychotherapy implementation in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Advance online publication.
  19. Reger, M. A., Luxton, D. D., Tucker, R., Comtois, K. A., Katz, I. R., Keen, A. D., Landes, S. J., Matarazzo, B. B., & Thompson, C. (2017). Implementation methods for the caring contacts suicide prevention intervention. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48, 369-377.
  20. Landes, S. J., Rodriguez, A. L., Smith, B. N., Matthieu, M. M., Trent, L. R., Kemp, J., & Thompson, C. (2017). Barriers, facilitators, and benefits of implementation of dialectical behavior therapy in routine care: Results from a national program evaluation survey in the Veterans Health Administration. Translational Behavioral Medicine. doi: 1007/s13142-017-0465-5
  21. Lyon, A. R., Connors, E., Jensen-Doss, A., Landes, S. J., Lewis, C. C., McLeod, B. D. … Weiner, B. J. (2017). Intentional research design in implementation science: Implications for the use of idiographic and nomothetic assessment. Translational Behavioral Medicine. doi:10.1007/s13142-017-0464-6
  22. Landes, S. J., *Chalker, S. A., & Comtois, K. A. (2016). Predicting dropout in outpatient dialectical behavior therapy with patients with borderline personality disorder receiving psychiatric disability. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, 3, doi: 10.1186/s40479-016-0043-3
  23. Rosen, C. S., Matthieu, M. M., Wiltsey Stirman, S., Cook, J. M., Landes, S. J., Bernardy, N. C., Chard, K. M., Crowley, J., Eftekhari, A., Finley, E. P., Hamblen, J. L., Kehle-Forbes, S. M., Meis, L. A., Mott, J. M., Rodriguez, A. L., Ruggiero, K. J., Ruzek, J. I., Smith, B. N., Trent, L. R., & Watts, B. V. (2016). A review of studies on the system-wide implementation of evidence-based psychotherapies for posttraumatic stress disorder in the Veterans Health Administration. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. doi:10.1007/s10488-016-0755-0.
  24. Lewis, C. C., Darnell, D., Kerns, S., Monroe-DeVita, M., Landes, S. J., Lyon, A. R., … Comtois, K. A. (2016). Introduction to the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration’s 3rd biennial conference: Advancing efficient methodologies through community partnerships and team science. Implementation Science, 11(Suppl 1):85.
  25. Cucciare, M. A., Curran, G. M., Craske, M., Abraham, T., McCarthur, M. B., Marchant-Miros, K., Lindsey, J., Kauth, M. R., Landes, S. J., & Sullivan, G. (2016). Assessing fidelity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in rural VA clinics: Design of a randomized implementation-effectiveness (hybrid type III) trial. Implementation Science, 11, doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0432-4
  26. Marriott, B. R., Rodriguez, A. L., Landes, S. J., Lewis, C. C., & Comtois, K. A. (2016). A methodology for enhancing implementation science proposals: Comparison of face-to-face versus virtual workshops. Implementation Science, 11, doi:10.1186/s13012-016-0429-z
  27. Chugani, C., & Landes, S. J. (2016). Dialectical behavior therapy in college counseling centers: Current trends and barriers to implementation. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 30, 176-186. doi:10.1080/87568225.2016.1177429
  28. Landes, S. J., Matthieu, M. M., Smith, B. N., Trent, L. R., Rodriguez, A. L., Kemp, J., & Thompson, C. (2016). Dialectical behavior therapy training and desired resources for implementation: Results from a national program evaluation in the Veterans Health Administration. Military Medicine, 181, 747-752. doi:
  29. Chalker, S. A., Carmel, A., Atkins, D., Landes, S. J., Kerbrat, A. H., & Comtois, K. A. (2015). Examining challenging behaviors of clients with borderline personality disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 75, 11-19. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2015.10.003
  30. Landes, S. J., Carlson, E. B., Ruzek, J. I., Wang, D., Hugo, E., DeGaetano, N., Chambers, J. G., & Lindley. S. E. (2015). Provider-driven development of a measurement feedback system to enhance measurement-based care in VA mental health. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 22, 87-100. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2014.06.004
  31. Ditty, M. S., Landes, S. J., Doyle, A., & Beidas, R. S. (2015). It takes a village: A mixed method analysis of inner setting variables and dialectical behavior therapy implementation. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 42, 672-681. doi:10.1007/s10488-014-060
  32. Meyers, L. L., Landes, S. J., & Thuras, P. (2014). Veterans’ service utilization & associated costs following participation in dialectical behavior therapy: A preliminary investigation. Military Medicine, 179, 1368-1373. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00248
  33. Landes, S. J., Burton, J. R., King, K. M., & Sullivan, B. F. (2013). Women’s preference of therapist based on sex of therapist and presenting problem: An analog study. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 26, 330-342. doi:10.1080/09515070.2013.819795
  34. Landes, S. J., Kanter, J. W, Weeks, C. E., & Busch, A. M. (2013). The impact of the active components of functional analytic psychotherapy on idiographic target behaviors. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 2, 49-57. doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2013.03.004
  35. Landes, S. J., Garovoy, N. D., & Burkman, K. B. (2013). Treating complex trauma among veterans: Three stage-based treatment models. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 69, 523-533. doi:10.1002/jclp.21988
  36. Landes, S. J. (2013). The case: Treating Jared through DBT. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 69, 488-489. doi:10.1002/jclp.21984
  37. O’Connor, S., Jobes, D., Comtois, K., Atkins, D., Janis, K., Chessen, C., & Landes, S. J. (2012). Identifying outpatients with entrenched suicidal ideation following hospitalization. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 42, 173-184. doi:10.1111/j.1943-278X.2012.00080.x
  38. Weeks, C. E., Kanter, J. W., Bonow, J. T., Landes, S. J., & Busch, A. M. (2011). Translating the theoretical into practical: A logical framework of functional analytic psychotherapy interactions for research, training and clinical purposes. Behavior Modification, 36, 87-119. doi:10.1177/0145445513477127
  39. Chessen, C. E., Comtois, K. A., & Landes, S. J. (2011). Untreated posttraumatic stress among persons with severe mental illness despite marked trauma and symptomatology. Psychiatric Services, 62, 1201-1206. doi:10.1176/
  40. Comtois, K. A., Jobes, D., O’Connor, S., Atkins, D., Janis, K. E., Holen, A., Youdelis-Flores, C., & Landes, S. J. (2011). Collaborative assessment and management of suicidality (CAMS): Feasibility trial for next-day appointment services. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 963-972. doi:10.1002/da.20895
  41. McCann, B. S., & Landes, S. J. (2010). Hypnosis in the treatment of depression: Considerations in research design and methods. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 58, 147-164. doi:10.1080/00207140903523186
  42. Kanter, J. W., Rusch, L. C., Landes, S. J., Holman, G. I., Whiteside, U., & Sedivy, S. (2009). The use and nature of present-centered interventions in cognitive and behavioral therapies for depression. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 46, 220-232. PMCID: PMC2851097