Sarah Lemley, MPA, H.A., is the co-founder and executive director of the Northwest PANDAS/PANS Network and the mother of a 12-year-old daughter. In her role as ED for NWPPN, she has hosted the first Northwest PANDAS/PANS Provider roundtable, coordinated five Grand Rounds, introduced legislation in Oregon and Washington, created the first Northwest Walk 4 Research and supported over 400 families in the Northwest. Prior to her work establishing NWPPN, she worked in healthcare for two decades. As a healthcare administrator, she has been responsible for managing multiple medical clinics at once, overseeing a primary care/behavioral health clinic for medical students at an Academic Medical Institution and launching a new line of service across the state for a national healthcare provider. As a healthcare social worker, she has provided support to hospital patients, long-term care residents and the homebound. She received her graduate degree in Public Administration, Health Administration from Portland State University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. She is proud to have volunteered for many years as a rape victim advocate with the District Attorney’s office in Multnomah, Clackamas and Lane counties. This past state election, she was elected to be a precinct committee person for Oregon District 35. She also serves on the OCD Oregon Board as secretary.
She is passionate about elevating PANDAS/PANS as a disease model with the guiding belief that the research will get us there. An advocate at heart, she is not afraid to use her voice and is committed to easing the road for families to come.
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), University of Pittsburgh, 1986
Editor in Chief, Journal of Anxiety Disorders
Member, Board of Directors, Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology
Member, NIMH Institutional Review Group, Children and Families Intervention