Sarah Fine, PhD, brings over 10 years of clinical and administrative experience to the OPEN MINDS team. Her expertise is primarily focused on the child welfare continuum, program design and development, workforce training and development, and writing communications. She is currently an independent fiction author with over 13 published books for both adults and young adults, including Of Metal and Wishes (2014) and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust (2015), the Guards of the Shadowlands young adults urban fantasy series – Sanctum, Captive, Fractured, Vigilante, Chaos, Stories from the Shadowlands (2012-2014), and the Servants of Fate adult urban fantasy romance series – Marked, Claimed, and Fated (2015).
Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Dr. Fine served as the Director of the Center for Community-Based Services (CCBS) at North American Family Institute (NAFI) (formerly Psychological Centers). In this role, she developed and articulated the “Four Principles of CCBS” as a way to achieve and measure clinical effectiveness and as a strategy for growth in the program. To compliment this development, she created auxiliary training and communication materials for use both internally and with community partners, including presentations at the 2014 and 2015 NAFI annual national conference.
Dr. Fine additionally served as NAFI’s Director of Clinical Effectiveness. In this role, she played an integral role in developing and designing the Psychological Centers’ model for clinical effectiveness, identified strategies and structures to support clinical effectiveness at all levels of organization, provided training and support to staff. In addition, she enhanced and expanded a system for outcome data collection from home-based clients up to one-year post-discharge and oversaw data collection and compliance. While serving in this position, Dr. Fine was received a “Women to Watch” award in Healthcare from Providence Business News.
Previously, Dr. Fine served the Psychological Centers as their Director for Early Intervention Behavioral Health Services. She was responsible for development of the program in collaboration with the agency director and the directors of two of the largest early intervention programs in the state. In this role, she oversaw, evaluated, and expanded program services and design, including direct supervision of staff and managing relationships with partner agencies and collaterals. In addition, she was responsible for staff training and development, focusing on evidence-based practices and specialized social-development issues.
Before joining Psychological Centers, Dr. Fine received a Research Fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine, where she focused on early childhood psychology. During this fellowship and throughout her academic tenure, she was published a number of academic journals including Child Development, Development and Psychopathology, Social Development, Journal for Autism and Developmental Disorders, and Cognition and Emotion.
Dr. Fine received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from University of Delaware and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hope College in Michigan.