Sara_Polley_lgSara Polley, MD

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist


Medical Degree: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
Residency: Sheppard Pratt Hospital System and University of Maryland Medical Center
Fellowship: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Board Certification: Triple Board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine

Dr. Polley joined PrairieCare in 2015 and provides care in the Partial Hospitalization Program in Brooklyn Park. She is originally from Minnesota and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota and the Institute of Child Development. She then went on to medical school at the University of Minnesota. She completed her adult psychiatry training in a joint program between Sheppard Pratt Hospital and the University of Maryland. Dr. Polley moved to Harvard Medical School to complete her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Polley served as chief fellow during her final year at Harvard and was actively involved in medical education and teaching throughout her training.

Dr. Polley is interested in working with individuals throughout the lifespan and appreciates the importance of family collaboration. She enjoys working on a multidisciplinary team in order to provide her patients with the most comprehensive care. Dr. Polley has additional training and interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy and motivational interviewing techniques. She believes strongly in the role of the psychiatrist as diagnostician along with the judicious and responsible use of psychiatric medications to assist with symptoms management. Dr. Polley is especially passionate about working with and advocating for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders and has additional training in the psychiatric management of addictions for both adults and adolescents.


American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
American Society of Addiction Medicine


Substance Use Disorders
Mood Disorders in Children
Dual Diagnosis
Motivational Interviewing
Psychopharmacology and evidence based medicine

Additional Info

Children, Adolescents : Yes
Adults: Yes, young adults