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Dr. Sandra Vanegas

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Vanegas joined the School of Social at Texas State University in 2018. She completed a MS in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. Her research focuses on identifying and addressing disparities that affect racial/ethnic minority and socioeconomically diverse children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Currently, Dr. Vanegas is evaluating a parent education and coaching intervention program for families of young children with developmental delays who reside in low-resource households. Other research projects include examining the role of diverse language experiences (i.e., bilingualism, dual language learning) on the development of children with ASD, ADHD, and Down Syndrome and the development of a social support program for college students with ASD. The central aim of her research is to develop culturally informed educational and clinical practices that will ameliorate disparities affecting children and families from underserved communities.