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

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 


Buckingham, S. L., *Schroeder, T., & *Hutchinson, J. (2023). Knowing Who You Are (Becoming): Effects of a university-based Elder-led cultural identity program on Alaska Native students’ identity development, cultural strengths, behavioral health, and sense of community. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 

Buckingham, S. L., 
*Schroeder, T., & *Hutchinson, J. (2023). Elder-led cultural identity program as 
counterspace at a public university: Narratives on sense of community, empowering settings, and empowerment. American Journal of Community Psychology. 

*Snyder, J., *Skirko, S., *Mangini, L., *Hunt, S., & Buckingham, S. L. (2023). “There was a need in the community”: Providers' motivations for providing mental health services to forced migrants. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice.

Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Buckingham, S. L., Rusch, D. R., *Charvonia, A., *Young, R. I., Lewis, R., Ford-Paz, R., Mehta, T. G., & *Perez, C. M. (2023). Reproductive justice for Black, Indigenous, Women of Color: Uprooting race and colonialism. American Journal of Community Psychology. 

Buckingham, S. L.
& *Hutchinson, J. (2022). “It's like having strong roots. We’re firmly planted.”: Cultural identity development among Alaska Native university students. Transcultural Psychiatry. 

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, 92(5), 564–577. 

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), 211-236. 

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, 68(3-4), 269-291.  [Adopted as a Policy Statement by Division 27 of the American Psychological Association]

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. 
[Adopted as a Policy Statement by Division 27 of the American Psychological Association]

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 or alumnus author

Dr. Buckingham is on sabbatical for the 2023-2024 academic year. She is not accepting new research team members while on sabbatical. She will consider prospective advisees aiming to join the PhD program in Fall 2024; please review her team's work to determine if your interests align.