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We are pleased to report the UAA Anchorage campus will open on Wednesday, Dec. 5, following last Friday's earthquake. The Chugiak-Eagle River Campus will remain closed, but classes will resume in alternative locations. Students should check UAOnline for their new meeting location. As you return to campus, we encourage you to check the web page for important safety tips and resources about how to submit work requests to facilities for repairs. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

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
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