Sara Polley

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Sara Polley

Contact Info

Office Phone 763-383-5800

Office Address:
PrarieCare Medical Group
12915 63rd Ave North
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

MD, MD, University of Minnesota (2010)

Residency, Adult Psychiatry, University of Maryland, Sheppard Pratt Health System (2010-2013)

Fellowship, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital (2013-2015)


Dr. Polley 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. She 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 currently working for PrairieCare Medical Group as an outpatient psychiatrist for their child and adolescent programs. She has additional training in substance use disorders and their treatment.

Professional Associations

American Psychiatric Association


Academic Interests and Focus

Medical Student Education

Teaching Areas

Attending and supervisor for medical student elective in outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry.


Board Certifications

  • ABPN Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry
  • ABPN Specialty Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Clinical Interests

Substance Use Disorders; Dual Diagnosis; Psychiatric Crisis Evaluation; Psychodynamic psychotherapy; Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Clinical Experience Statement

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. She believes strongly in the role of psychiatrists as diagnosticians and the importance of utilizing evidence based medicine in the metal health field. Dr. Polley is passionate about advocating for individuals with both mental health and substance use

Hospital Privileges