Sara Buckingham

Sara Buckingham

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
SSB 303F
(907) 786-1767


  • Ph.D., Human Services Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2017
    • Clinical Psychology (APA-accredited) and Community & Applied Social Psychology
    • Doctoral Internship (APA-accredited), University of Vermont, 2016–2017
  • M.A., Human Services Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2013
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, 2010
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Northern Colorado, 2010

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PSY A372: Community Psychology
  • PSY A375: Social Psychology
  • PSY A612: Human Development in a Cultural Context
  • PSY A629: Intervention II
  • PSY A653: Clinical Practicum 
  • PSY A658: Qualitative Analysis
  • PSY A670: Psychotherapy Internship

Professional & Department Service

  • Faculty, Ph.D. Program in Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Emotional and Behavioral Health Clinician, Pro-Bono Clinical Service Provision for Refugee and Immigrant Community Members in the Anchorage Area
  • Assistant Editor, Community Psychology in Global Perspective
  • Member, Visibility and Engagement Committee, Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27)
  • Member, Immigrant Justice Working Group, Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27)

Research Interests

  • How people enact culture over time (‘acculturation’) and how their enactments of culture impact their multidimensional wellbeing
  • How communities shape individuals’ enactments of culture (‘socio-ecological models of acculturation’)
  • How established community members and new community members (e.g., immigrants, refugees) develop and interact in new, shared communities
  • How families resiliently navigate cultural differences (‘acculturation gaps’)
  • How to enhance families’ engagement in emotional and behavioral health services
  • Approaches to conducting community-engaged qualitative and mixed methods participatory research
  • Approaches to disseminating and translating research for diverse stakeholders


Buckingham, S. L., Brodsky, A. E., Fedi, A., Mannarini, T., Rochira, A., Emery, L. R., & Godsay, S., Miglietta, A., & Gattino, S. (2018, advanced online publication). Shared communities: A multinational qualitative study of immigrant and receiving community member. American Journal of Community Psychology. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12255

Langhout, R. D., Buckingham, S. L., Oberoi, A., Chavez, N., Rusch, D., Esposito, F., & Suarez-Balcazar, Y. (2018, advanced online publication). Statement on the effects of deportation and forced separation on immigrants, their families, and communities. American Journal of Community Psychology. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12256

Buckingham, S. L., & Suarez-Pedraza, M. C. (2018, advanced online publication). ‘It has cost me a lot to adapt to here’: The divergence of real acculturation from ideal acculturation predicts psychosocial wellbeing. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. doi:10.1037/ort0000329

Fedi, A., Mannarini, T., Brodsky, A. E., Rochira, A., Buckingham, S. L., Emery, L. R., Godsay, S, Scheibler, J. E., Miglietta, A., & Gattino, S. (2018, advanced online publication). Acculturation in the discourse of immigrants and receiving community members. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. doi:10.1037/ort0000325

Buckingham, S. L., Emery, L. R., Godsay, S., Brodsky, A. E., & Scheibler, J. E. (2018). 'You opened my mind': Latinx immigrant and receiving community interactional dynamics in the United States. Journal of Community Psychology, 46, 171–186. doi:10.1002/jcop.21931

Buckingham, S. L., & Vargas-Garcia, K. (2018). Making sense of complex relations: Using explanatory mixed methods to understand Latinx immigrants’ acculturation in disparate socio-ecological contexts. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Brodsky, A. E., Mannarini, T., Buckingham, S. L., & Scheibler, J. E. (2017). Kindred spirits in scientific revolution: Qualitative methods in community psychology. In M. A. Bond, C. B. Keys, & I. Serrano-Garcia (Eds.), APA Handbook of Community Psychology (pp. 75–90). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Buckingham, S. L., Brandt, N. E., Becker, K. D., Gordon, D., & Cammack, N. (2016). Collaboration, empowerment, and advocacy: Consumer perspectives about treatment engagement. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 3702–3715. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0507-5 

Brodsky, A. E., Buckingham, S. L., Scheibler, J. E., & Mannarini, T. (2016). Introduction to qualitative approaches. In L. Jason & D. Glenwick (Eds.), Handbook of Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods (pp. 13–21). Bethesda, MD: Oxford University Press.  

Becker, K. D., Buckingham, S. L., Najarian, L. R., & Klein, E. (2016). The Common Elements of treatment engagement for clinically high-risk youth and youth with first-episode psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 10, 455–467.doi: 10.1111/eip.12283

Becker, K. D., Buckingham, S. L., & Brandt, N. E. (2015). Engaging youth and families in school mental health services. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 24, 385–398. doi:10.1016/j.chc.2014.11.002

Buckingham, S. L., & Brodsky, A. E. (2015). ‘Our differences don’t separate us’: Immigrant families navigate intrafamilial acculturation gaps through diverse resilience processes. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 3, 143–159. doi: 10.1037/lat0000042

Becker, K. D., Kiser, L. J., Herr, S. R., Stapleton, L. M., Barksdale, C. L., & Buckingham, S. L. (2014). Changes in treatment engagement of youths and families with complex needs. Child and Youth Services Review, 46, 276–284. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.09.005

Karlin, N., Marrow, S., Weil, J., Baum, S., & Spencer, T. (2012). Social support, mood, and resiliency following a Peruvian natural disaster. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 17, 470–488. doi: 10.1080/15325024.2012.6650