VTSC Trainers


Sara Smucker Barnwell, Ph.D.

Dr. Smucker Barnwell is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides evidence based psychotherapy, coaching, and consultation in the greater Seattle and Eastside areas.  Dr. Smucker Barnwell also delivers telehealth services to clients using a diversity of technologies, including videoconferencing, mobile applications, telephone and others.  She provides workshops and trainings on a variety of topics, including stress management, negotiation, and communication. 

Sara is a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the former Director of Telehealth Training and Education for VA Puget Sound Health Care System.  She is the current Chair of the Washington State Psychological Foundation.  Dr. Smucker Barnwell served on the Joint APA/ASPPB/APAIT Telepsychology Taskforce, as well as other national committees regarding telehealth and technology in health care. 

Dr. Smucker Barnwell received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California.  She also holds degrees from Harvard University and Wellesley College. She completed her internship at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, and later completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education at Seattle VA.  Dr. Smucker Barnwell has worked in the field of telemedicine as Associate Director of Evaluation at Free & Clear, Inc. and DatStat, Inc.  Her research and clinical interests center on the development and dissemination of empirically-based treatments in telehealth, technology assisted evidence-based PTSD care and substance abuse.