Sara Buckingham

Sara Buckingham
Associate Professor
Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D. Program
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 A652: Clinical Practicum I
  • PSY A653: Clinical Practicum II
  • PSY A658: Qualitative Analysis
  • PSY A670: Psychotherapy Internship

Professional & Department Service

  • Chair, Internship Committee, Ph.D. Program in Clinical/Community Psychology
  • Licensed Psychologist, Psychological Services for WWAMI School of Medicine Students and Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, and Asylees
  • Representative for APA Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action, American Psychological Association Council of Representatives
  • Co-Chair, Immigrant Justice Working Group, APA Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action
  • Editorial Board Member, Community Psychology in Global Perspective
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Multiple Journals Spanning Clinical-Community-Cultural Psychology

Research Interests

  • Contextual Models of Acculturation
  • Psychological Sense of Community
  • Welcoming and Liberatory Spaces
  • Empowerment, Resilience, and Resistance to Oppression
  • Culturally Responsive, Evidence Based Behavioral Health Services for Forced Migrant Populations
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Research Translation to Inform Policymaking 


Brodsky, A. E., Buckingham, S. L., Fedi, A., Rochira, A., Gattino, S., *Altal, D., & Mannarini, T. (2022). Resilience and empowerment in immigrant experiences: A look through the Transconceptual Model of Empowerment and Resilience. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 

Buckingham, S. L., Mbise, A., Chen, T., Kuhn, S., Gat, N., *Sytniak, S. (2022). Conducting multilingual qualitative research online on immigrant integration and inclusion. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE. 
Mbise, A., Buckingham, S. L., Kimmel, M., Kuhn, S., Gat, N., & Chen, T. (2022). Welcoming cities: Skilled immigrant integration in a United States city. In The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Change. Palgrave.  

Ivanova, M. Y., Hall, A., Weinberger, S., Buckingham, S. L., Copeland, W., Crockett, P., D’Alberto, C., Dainer-Best, J., Dewey, L., Flanders, N., Foret, D., Galano, M., Goodrich, L., Holly, L., Leahey, M., Lerner, M., Marsh, J., McGinnis, E., Paiva-Salisbury, M., Shaw, J., Tinker, R., Swift, P., & Hudziak., J. (2022). The Vermont Family Based Approach in primary care pediatrics: Effects on children’s and parents’ psychopathology and parents’ health-related quality of life. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 

Mannarini, T., Rizzo, M., Brodsky, A. E., Buckingham, S. L., *Zhao, J., Rochira, A., & Fedi, A. (2022). The potential of psychological connectedness: Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 through sense of community and community resilience. Journal of Community Psychology, 50(5), 2273-2289. 

Buckingham, S. L., & *Angulo, A. (2022). The impact of public policies on acculturation: A mixed-method study of Latinx immigrants’ experiences in four U.S. statesJournal of Community Psychology, 50(2), 627-652. 

*Hutchinson, J., & Buckingham, S. L. (2021). The impact of higher education on Alaska Native students’ cultural identities. Journal of American Indian Higher Education, 60(1-2). 

Buckingham, S. L., Langhout, R. D., Rusch, D., Mehta, T., Chavez, N. R., Ferreira van Leer, K., Oberoi, A., Indart, M., Paloma, V., King, V. E., & Olson, B. (2021). The roles of settings in supporting immigrants’ resistance to injustice and oppressionAmerican Journal of Community Psychology.  [Division 27 of the American Psychological Association (APA) adopted this paper as a policy position statement.]

Buckingham, S. L., *Schroeder, T., & Christensen Fullmer, A. (2021). Collaborating with diverse stakeholders to produce meaningful and useful research: The Alaska Native Cultural Identity Project. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE. 

Buckingham, S. L., & Brodsky, A. E. (2020). Relative privilege, risk, and sense of community: Understanding Latinx immigrants’ empowerment and resilience processes across the United StatesAmerican Journal of Community Psychology, 67(3-4), 364-379. 

Buckingham, S. L., Becker, K. D., Reding, M., Chorpita, B., & Daleiden E. (2019). Managing and adapting practice: Provider perceptions of an evidence-informed framework for delivering mental health servicesAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 46(6), 777–789.

Buckingham, S. L., & *Suarez-Pedraza, M. C. (2019). ‘It has cost me a lot to adapt to here’: The divergence of real acculturation from ideal acculturation impacts Latinx immigrants’ psychosocial wellbeingAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(4), 406–419. 

Scott, J. T. B., Larson, J., Buckingham, S. L., Maton, K. I., & Crowley, M. (2019). Bridging the research-policy divide: Pathways to engagement and skill development. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(4),434–441.  

Fedi, A., Mannarini, T., Brodsky, A. E., Rochira, A., Buckingham, S. L., Emery, L. R., Godsay, S, Scheibler, J. E., Miglietta, A., & Gattino, S. (2019). Acculturation in the discourse of immigrants and receiving community members. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(1), 1–15. 

Buckingham, S. L., Brodsky, A. E., Fedi, A., Mannarini, T., Rochira, A., Emery, L. R., & Godsay, S., Miglietta, A., & Gattino, S. (2018). Shared communities: A multinational qualitative study of immigrant and receiving community membersAmerican Journal of Community Psychology, 62(1–2), 23–40.

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. SAGE.

Langhout, R. D., Buckingham, S. L., Oberoi, A., Chavez, N., Rusch, D., Esposito, F., & Suarez-Balcazar, Y. (2018). Statement on the effects of deportation and forced separation on immigrants, their families, and communitiesAmerican Journal of Community Psychology, 62(1–2), 3–12. [Division 27 of the American Psychological Association (APA) adopted this paper as a policy position statement.]

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 StatesJournal of Community Psychology, 46(2), 171–186. 

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). 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(12), 3702–3715.  

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 psychosisEarly Intervention in Psychiatry, 10(6), 455–467. 

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). Oxford University Press.  

Becker, K. D., Buckingham, S. L., & Brandt, N. E. (2015). Engaging youth and families in school mental health servicesChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 24(2), 385–398. 

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(3), 143–159.

* indicates student author