Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Sally Dodds, Ph.D. is a research scholar of compassion and its role in the health and well-being of individuals, families, organizations and communities. Her interest is in how contemplative practices in compassion and mindfulness can improve resilience in people living with chronic illnesses such as cancer, and can reduce occupational burnout in frontline medical and human service providers. She also holds a particular interest in how health and social service agencies may better respond to the needs of underserved patients, clients, and communities through organizational policies and quality improvement in the values, ethics, and behaviors of compassion. Dr. Dodds is a Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine, and is Affiliate Faculty in Family and Consumer Studies and Human Development at the Norton School. She is also affiliated with the UA College of Nursing, and is a member of the Tucson Mayor’s Commission on Compassion. Dr. Dodds is certified teacher of the secularized Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) program of the Emory-Tibet Science Partnership at Emory University (in the Buddhist lojong tradition), and is a 20- year meditator in the Vipassana (mindfulness) tradition. Prior to moving to Tucson, Dr. Dodds was Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and simultaneously was Professor of Social Work at Barry University. For six years, she was the research and evaluation coordinator for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. A clinical social worker, Dr. Dodds is also highly experienced as a psychotherapist with a psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral orientation, and completed an externship in structural and strategic family therapies at the University of Miami Center for Family Studies.