Sarah E. (Betsy) Bledsoe, PhD, MPhil, MSW is associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work and co-investigator at the Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center. She received a doctoral degree and masters of philosophy from Columbia University and a masters of social work from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research reflects over two decades of experience conducting community-based and national studies to strengthen the mental health of adults, adolescents, children and families, particularly those surviving poverty and discrimination. She has expertise in mental health services research, mood, anxiety, trauma, and perinatal depression, evidence-based practice, implementation science, and cultural adaptation.
A community-engaged scholar, she is dedicated to partnering with communities to strengthen the mental health of children, adults, families and communities. Her research has been supported with funding from federal and state agencies, foundations, and private donors. Her research and clinical expertise, and certification as a practitioner, supervisor, and trainer in multiple empirically-supported interventions inform her teaching of primarily direct practice courses including Brief Treatment, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Bledsoe has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, abstracts, and manuals, and has given over 295 peer-reviewed and invited presentations at national and international venues. A Society for Social Work and Research fellow, her work has been recognized with awards from the Office of the UNC-CH Provost, the UNC School of Social Work, UNC Center for Global Initiatives, Council on Social Work Education, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. She has been a Guest Professor at the University of Toronto, University of Maryland at Baltimore, and Renmin University, Beijing, China. Additionally, she has been consulting editor for Social Work Research and Social Work and on the editorial review board of Research on Social Work Practice, Social Work in Mental Health, and Social Work in Health Care.