Dr. Sara L. Dolan is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the associate dean for research in the Graduate School at Baylor University. Her research focuses on neuropsychological factors that impact life functioning in individuals with substance use disorders and trauma. She has received more than $3.25 million in federally funded research grants for work with military personnel and veterans, mental health service providers, and families of individuals affected by trauma.
Dr. Dolan is active in disaster mental health, serving on the Texas Disaster Behavioral Health Consortium and the Texas Psychological Association’s disaster response network committee. Locally, she is co-chair of the psychosocial intervention team for the McLennan County Medical Reserve Corps, service for which she has earned statewide and national recognition. Dr. Dolan also volunteers with the McLennan County DWI/Drug Court and other mental health organizations.
Dr. Dolan graduated from the University of Iowa with a PhD in psychology. She completed a clinical internship at the Yale University School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship, funded by the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. She has been at Baylor since 2007.
Her family, Brian (BBA ’91) and Kayla (BFA ’14), are proud Baylor Bears, and they attend St. Louis Catholic Church in Waco.