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Samantha Hartley

Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina
Program: Clinical Community Program
Room: Barnwell College, Room #365

Sami Hartley is a doctoral student in the Clinical-Community Psychology program at the University of South Carolina. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University in 2011, graduating with Distinction in Human Biology (Area of Concentration: Neuroscience and Mental Health) (link: After a year spent teaching Stanford sophomores as a Human Biology Core Course Associate, she joined Stanford's Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry as a School Mental Health Research Coordinator. Her work involved evaluating schoolwide evidence-based interventions, conducting trainings on suicide prevention and depression, authoring a "Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Schools" (link:, and working with schools, community coalitions, healthcare providers, nonprofits, and county officials to collaboratively address the issue of adolescent suicide prevention. Under the mentorship of Drs. Abe Wandersman and Mark Weist, Sami is interested in investigating how dissemination and implementation science can be used to better understand and improve outcomes for school mental health policies, programs, and services at scale.