Southwest Cares is comprised of a group of extremely talented and dedicated independently-licensed behavioral health clinicians. Read more about our clinicians below.
Dr. Diane Sarris, Ph.D.
Dr. Diane Sarris moved to New Mexico in 2003 after having a successful practice in Chicago for nearly 20 years. She completed her doctoral degree in 1990 and received honors for her academic work. While a graduate student, she engaged in geriatric research that later went on to be published. Dr. Sarris continued working with the geriatric population and consulted to dozens of skilled and nursing facilities in her clinical practice in Chicago.
Dr. Sarris has received specialized training in the treatment of trauma and multidimensional treatment that addresses the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of illness. She has had clinical privileges at a number of psychiatric facilities in the Chicago area and has provided mental health training to nursing students. In addition, Dr. Sarris has provided numerous trainings to facility staff for the purpose of improving the identification and understanding of mental health issues in geriatric and chronically mentally ill residents. Dr. Sarris has worked at the New Mexico State Hospital as a Unit Coordinator for an acute psychiatric unit, where she has been involved in policy and procedure development. She received cross-cultural training at the Indian Health Hospital in Albuquerque, where she did her doctoral internship, and ran a mental health clinic at the SIPI Indian School in Albuquerque.
Dr. Sarris has been a member of the Southwest Cares team since 2005 and has worked with a number of nursing facilities throughout New Mexico. She serves as Southwest Cares’ Assistant Clinical Director of Southwest Cares in addition to her clinical work with patients.