Sara Bressi Nath is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Bressi received her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice in May, 2006. Her dissertation research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and explored the factors that predict physical health care utilization by persons with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and major affective disorders. She has also contributed to research projects exploring the quality care offered to persons with psychiatric disorders, as well as end-of-life care among frail elders living in the community. She has taught courses in research methods, and practice with older adults. In 2003, she received the Hal Levin Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student in Social Welfare. Ms. Bressi is a licensed social worker and has worked with a variety of vulnerable populations including persons with chronic illnesses, children with autism and other developmental delays, and terminally-ill individuals.