Sandra Mattar, Psy.D.

Mattar is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Counseling Program and the Associate Dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education. Her expertise focuses on culture and immigration, cultural issues in education and the psychology of trauma, disasters and crisis intervention.

Prof. Sandra MattarMattar can address issues relating to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans and how school counselors address trauma in K-12 environments. Her research includes the intersection of trauma and culture on identity in immigrant families and on ethnic and racial groups.

Widely respected in her field of research, Mattar is Associate Editor of the academic journal "Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy" published by the American Psychological Association. She is also a founding member of the Division of Trauma Psychology at the American Psychological Association and is currently its Council Representative.

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