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Sandra Wilkniss

Former Director of Complex Care Policy and Senior Fellow

Sandra Wilkniss was the Director of Complex Care Policy and Senior Fellow at Families USA until 2021. She led efforts on prescription drug affordability and advancing the interests of consumers and families with complex care needs and behavioral health concerns. Previously, she served as Program Director for Behavioral Health and Social Determinants of Health at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.

Dr. Wilkniss also worked on Capitol Hill for three years, as an AAAS/APA fellow and then senior legislative assistant for health care to U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman (NM) and Martin Heinrich (NM). She also held an adjunct assistant professorship at Dartmouth Medical School, an assistant clinical professorship at the University of Illinois, and was chief psychologist of the inpatient psychiatry unit at the University of Illinois Hospital.

Dr. Wilkniss holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia and a BS in Psychology from Princeton University.