Principal Investigator

Sarah W. Feldstein Ewing, Ph.D.

Sarah Feldstein Ewing


Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Psychology PhD Program

Director, Adolescent Behavioral Health Clinic

Principal Investigator: Project MINA

Co-Principal Investigator: ROAM, ABCD, We Test 2.0


(503) 418-9604

Summary of current research

Dr. Feldstein Ewing is a licensed clinical child psychologist with over a decade of experience utilizing a variety of evidence-based approaches to prevent and intervene with adolescent health risk behavior, including alcohol use, cannabis use, and HIV/AIDS risk behavior. At this time, her lab has enrolled over 1000 unique youth within large-scale clinical trials to evaluate the developmental fit and treatment outcomes for motivational interviewing, behavioral skills training, cognitive behavioral approaches, mindfulness and contingency management. She has published widely regarding the developmental fit, neurocognitive mechanisms, gender differences, and cross-cultural adaptation of these prevention and intervention approaches for this developmental stage. She has also developed a highly-innovative NIH-funded line of translational research, evaluating the connection between basic biological mechanisms (e.g., functional brain activation, brain structure, genetic factors) and youth health risk behavior (e.g., clinical symptoms, HIV risk behaviors, treatment outcomes). She has conducted this work with alcohol-abusing adolescents, cannabis-abusing adolescents, adolescents engaged in risky sex, and youth with high body mass index.

Ultimately, the goal of her laboratory is to employ translational studies to (1) determine the driving factors underlying successful treatment outcomes, (2) develop more efficacious interventions, and (3) evaluate the efficacy of interventions, in order to improve health outcomes and reduce current disparities for high-risk adolescents of all backgrounds. 

Research Interests: Adolescent Development; Health Risk Behavior (Alcohol; Cannabis; HIV/AIDS risk); Neuroimaging; Prevention/Intervention

Read more about Dr. Feldstein Ewing's current research.


Dr. Feldstein Ewing's publications are viewable on PubMed.


2007-2008 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Addiction Neuroscience, the Mind Research Network (Advisor: Kent Hutchison PhD), Albuquerque, NM

2006-2007 Predoctoral Intern, Pediatric Psychology, Brown University Medical School (Advisor: Larry Brown MD)

2002-2007 PhD Clinical Psychology, University of New Mexico (Advisor: William R. Miller PhD), Albuquerque, NM

1994-1998 BA, Psychology, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

Previous positions

2011-2015 Assistant to Associate Professor, University of New Mexico

2007-2011 Assistant Professor, the Mind Research Network