Dr Katherine Sanborn specializes in the treatment of psychiatric inpatients. She has practiced Psychiatry for more than 15 years. Dr. Sanborn has a special interests in residency education, psychotherapy training, administration and developmental psychopathology.

Clinical Focus

  • Psychiatry

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Administrative Appointments

  • Co-Director of the Individual Psychotherapy Clinic, Stanford Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2011 - Present)
  • Inpatient Medical Director, Psychiatry, Stanford (2015 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (1999) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (2002)
  • Internship: Stanford University School of Medicine (1995) CA
  • Medical Education: University of Wisconsin Medical School (1993) WI

All Publications

  • Verbigeration: An overlooked symptom of a "forgotten syndrome"? Bipolar disorders Mason, D. P., Tan, M. n., Lee, J. n., Wolstencroft, P. n., Sanborn, K. n., Ballon, J. S. 2017; 19 (8): 710–12

    View details for PubMedID 29268005

  • Puberty and the emergence of gender differences in psychopathology JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH Hayward, C., Sanborn, K. 2002; 30 (4): 49-58

    View details for Web of Science ID 000174924300008

    View details for PubMedID 11943575

  • Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of nonepileptic seizures. Current neurology and neuroscience reports Barry, J. J., Sanborn, K. 2001; 1 (4): 381-389


    Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (NES) can be classified into five categories. This review focuses on NES associated with emotional conflict, by far the most common and important group. Etiology is speculative, but the background histories of these patients are often similar. The presence of a trauma history, depression, post-traumatic stress symptoms, and the use of dissociation plus cognitive dysfunction possibly point to an organic etiology. The presentation of NES in children and adults is discussed, along with the differential diagnosis. The diagnostic differential is lengthy, with epileptic seizures of frontal lobe origin presenting a unique challenge. Diagnostic procedures are reviewed with an emphasis on the utility of hypnosis with seizure induction. Presenting the diagnosis to the patient, the role of the neurologist, and the role of the mental health consultant are reviewed. Issues in the doctor-patient relationship are also addressed, as well as the overall prognosis.

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  • Salivary cortisol levels in socially phobic adolescent girls DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY Martel, F. L., Hayward, C., Lyons, D. M., Sanborn, K., Varady, S., Schatzberg, A. F. 1999; 10 (1): 25-27


    Anxiety disorders such as social phobia (SP) often have their onset during adolescence and frequently precede the onset of major depression. Dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is well-documented in major depression. Consequently, there is considerable interest in HPA function in anxiety disorders. We examined salivary cortisol levels in 27 SP adolescent girls and 21 matched controls during normal daily activities, and immediately before and after a modified Trier Social Stress Test (TSST). Both SP subjects and controls showed significant elevations in cortisol levels prior to the TSST, and prior to attending school. These results suggest that salivary cortisol is a sensitive measure of anticipatory anxiety, but we failed to find significant differences between SP subjects and controls.

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    View details for PubMedID 10499186