Sarah Leone, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

150 S Huntington Avenue


Sarah Leone, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Health Behavior Coordinator for VA Boston, working with Primary Care and Behavioral Medicine. She earned her doctorate from Suffolk University, and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship training at VA Boston. Dr. Bankoff’s clinical and research interests include weight management, diabetes management, and general health behavior change. Her work is focused on the use of patient-centered interventions, including motivational interviewing, in medical settings to help patients make health behavior changes. She provides services in the bariatric surgery clinic and the “MOVE!” weight management program, and also assists with development and implementation of shared medical appointments. She additionally has particular interest in disordered eating and other health disparities among sexual minority veterans.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Suffolk University, PhD
  • Suffolk University, MA
  • Dartmouth College, AB


  • Published on 4/1/2016

    Bankoff SM, Richards LK, Bartlett B, Wolf EJ, Mitchell KS. Examining weight and eating behavior by sexual orientation in a sample of male veterans. Compr Psychiatry. 2016 Jul; 68:134-9. PMID: 27234194.

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  • Published on 11/27/2015

    Bankoff SM, Marks AK, Swenson LP, Pantalone DW. Examining Associations of Sexual Attraction and Attitudes on Women's Disordered Eating Behavior. J Clin Psychol. 2016 Apr; 72(4):350-64. PMID: 26613200.

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  • Published on 7/14/2014

    Valentine SE, Bankoff SM, Poulin RM, Reidler EB, Pantalone DW. The use of dialectical behavior therapy skills training as stand-alone treatment: a systematic review of the treatment outcome literature. J Clin Psychol. 2015 Jan; 71(1):1-20. PMID: 25042066.

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  • Published on 3/11/2014

    Bankoff SM, Pantalone DW. Patterns of disordered eating behavior in women by sexual orientation: a review of the literature. Eat Disord. 2014; 22(3):261-74. PMID: 24617312.

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  • Published on 2/28/2013

    Bankoff SM, McCullough MB, Pantalone DW. Patient-provider relationship predicts mental and physical health indicators for HIV-positive men who have sex with men. J Health Psychol. 2013 Jun; 18(6):762-72. PMID: 23449678.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Valentine SE, Bankoff SM, Pantalone DW. Finding meaning after same-sex partner abuse: a content analysis of experiences of men with HIV. Violence Vict. 2013; 28(1):161-77. PMID: 23520838.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Bankoff SM, Valentine SE, Jackson MA, Schacht RL, Pantalone DW. Compensatory weight control behaviors of women in emerging adulthood: associations between childhood abuse experiences and adult relationship avoidance. J Am Coll Health. 2013; 61(8):468-75. PMID: 24152024.

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  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Bankoff SM, Karpel MG, Forbes HE, Pantalone DW. A systematic review of dialectical behavior therapy for the treatment of eating disorders. Eat Disord. 2012; 20(3):196-215. PMID: 22519897.

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  • Published on 9/23/2011

    Pantalone DW, Hessler DM, Bankoff SM, Shah BJ. Psychosocial correlates of HIV-monoinfection and HIV/HCV-coinfection among men who have sex with men. J Behav Med. 2012 Oct; 35(5):520-8. PMID: 21947975.

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