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Sara Nowakowski, Ph.D., C.B.S.M., D.B.S.M.


Investigator, Behavioral Health Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX

Associate Professor (tenure track), Department of Medicine, Section of Health Services Research, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Investigator, VA South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), Houston, TX


Phone: 713-791-1414 ext. 10307

Research Interests

  • Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  • Surgical and Hospital Recovery
  • Women’s Health
  • Hybrid Designs and Pragmatic Trials of Behavioral Health Interventions


  • Ph.D., San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program, San Diego, CA
  • Internship, Brown University at Alpert Medical School, Providenc, RI
  • Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Awards and Activities

  • R01NR018342 Effectiveness of Healthy Sleep Habits for Hospitalized Older Adults to Optimize Rehabilitation, 2019-2023
  • NIH Loan Repayment Program, 2012-Present
  • North American Menopause Society New Investigator Award, 2016

Dr. Nowakowski's PubMed Link *

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