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Sandra Vanegas

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Disability and Human Development


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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 118 DHSP

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As a bilingual developmental psychologist, I study the impact of sociocultural factors on children and youth with and without developmental disabilities. I'm particularly interested in developing programs and informing policies that will minimize health and educational disparities among racial/ethnically and linguistically diverse communities.

Leadership in the Profession

International Society for Autism Research, Cultural Diversity Committee Co-Chair

CoaliciĆ³n Nacional para Latinxs con Discapacidades/National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities, Founding Member / Resource Coordinator

Global Partnerships in the Epidemiology of Developmental Disabilities, Member

Notable Honors

2016 - Theodore Tjossem Postdoctoral Award, Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


PhD - Developmental Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2013
MS - Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas, 2007
BA - Psychology, Comparative Literature, University of Rochester, 2005