Sarah Manchak

Sarah Manchak

Associate Professor

Teachers College


CECH Criminal Justice - 0389

Professional Summary

Sarah M. Manchak is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychopathology with a concentration in psychology and the law from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Prior to that, she earned her MA in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Manchak's research seeks to inform policy and interventions for offenders and individuals with serious mental illness and/or addiction.
Dr. Manchak teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, is the coordinator of the undergraduate research program, runs the faculty-led study abroad program in Scotland, and is the academic advisor for the  undergraduate/university chapters of the Ohio Innocence Project, College Mentors for Kids, and the American Correctional Association.
To learn more, visit Dr. Manchak's website at

Research Support

Grant: #Evaluation Services Investigators:Manchak, Sarah 12-01-2012 -09-30-2015 Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Drug Court Expansion Grant Role:PI $71,700.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #Social Sciences and Education Agreement Investigators:Manchak, Sarah 12-01-2012 -09-30-2013 Bureau of Justice Assistance Evaluation of Shelby County Mental Health Court Role:PI $18,697.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #Talbert/SAMHSA/BJA Grant 1H79TI025930-01 Investigators:Manchak, Sarah 12-01-2014 -09-30-2017 Talbert House PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE RESEARCH ASSISTANCE TO TALBERT HOUSE FOR SAMHSA/BJA GRANT 1H79TI025930-01 Role:PI $139,809.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #SAMHSA1H79TI0801151-01-001 Investigators:Manchak, Sarah 09-30-2017 -09-29-2020 Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Talbert House SAMHSA Grant 1H79T1080151-01 Technical Assistance support Role:PI $4,256.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #Manchak – URC research cost award March 2018 Investigators:Manchak, Sarah 05-01-2018 -06-30-2019 UC's University Research Council Manchak- URC Faculty Research Cost Support Awards 2018 Role:PI $7,500.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #APA-LS Div 41 Investigators:Manchak, Sarah 01-01-2018 -12-31-2019 American Psychological Association APA-LS Early Career Professional Grant Role:PI $5,000.00 Active Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #LEAD / BJA 2018-AR-BX-K062 Investigators:Manchak, Sarah 01-01-2019 -10-30-2020 Bureau of Justice Assistance Opioid First Responders Patnership 1A Role:PI $97,349.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #R40220 Investigators:Manchak, Sarah 07-01-2020 -12-31-2021 UC's Collaborative Research Advancement Grant Program - Track 1: Pilot Teams Identifying Factors Associated with Racial Disparities in Specialized Court Dockets Role:PI $20,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Grant: #H79TI082940 Investigators:Manchak, Sarah 10-01-2020 -07-31-2025 Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Hamilton County Drug Court Expanded Treatment Grant Role:PI $53,997.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #Dohn Community High School Mental Health Grant Investigators:Collins, Tai; Hawkins, Renee; Manchak, Sarah 01-01-2021 -12-31-2021 Foundation Problem Analysis and Implementation Planning for Expanding the Circle of Care Role:PI $77,250.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #2020-AR-BX-0144 Investigators:Manchak, Sarah 04-01-2021 -10-30-2023 Bureau of Justice Assistance Support to Expand and Enhance Hamilton County’s Quick Response Team Role:PI $130,468.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #2021-CS-OTH-508 / 2020-AR-BX-0041 Investigators:Haberman, Cory; Latessa, Edward; Manchak, Sarah 10-01-2020 -09-30-2023 Bureau of Justice Assistance Ohio COSSAP Role:Collaborator 302621.00 Hold Level:Federal


Peer Reviewed Publications

Sarah M. Manchak Relationships Matter: The Role of Offender-Officer Relationship Quality in Supervision Failure. .Law and Human Behavior, ,


Paper Presentations

Sarah Manchak (03-17-2012. ) Cognitive Scaffolding: Improving Patient Accuracy in Self Predictions of Violence .San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sarah Manchak (03-16-2012. ) Influencing Criminal Outcomes for Offenders with Mental Illness: the Role of Relationship Quality .San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sarah Manchak (03-17-2012. ) Does Specialty Mental Health Probation "fight crime and save money?" A cost-benefit analysis .San Juan, Puerto Rico.