Sahian Cruz

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Sahian Cruz is a second-year doctoral student in the School Psychology program. She is advised by Dr. Andy Garbacz and Dr. Steve Quintana. Previously, Sahian studied Psychology and French at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she also participated in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. She is a first-generation college student. Hailing from the farmlands of eastern Washington, her experiences as a second-generation immigrant in rural public schools shaped her goals and interests. Her research interests focus on belonging and social-emotional well-being for students and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is also passionate about family engagement practices in Latinx families. Her academic interests include cultural responsiveness in evidence-based practice, community-based mental health, and cultural capital as a wellness resource. This year, Sahian will participate in the role of a clinician for the UW School Psychology Training Clinic (SPTC) and Students Assessment Services (SAS). In her spare time, Sahian enjoys hiking, thrifting, and watching the sunset.