Graduate Students and Staff
Bakari Wallace is a Doctoral student in the Civil Society & Community Research program at the School of Human Ecology located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Wallace’s research interests include Black studies, community organizing in the Black Radical tradition, urban education studies, and community-based participatory action research.
Saliha is a PhD Student in Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Saliha’s main research interest is the effect of early exposure to biological and psychosocial adversity in young children. She is interested in identifying early risk factors of cognitive development and how early psychosocial and physiological pathways can influence the course of development. More specifically, her work examines the effects of early chronic stress and the role of parenting on executive function development of young children. Besides research, she likes exploring different natural areas and walking by the water.
Laura is a Doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is interested in Biracial/Multiracial studies and identity development in children, specifically in the family context and in relation to Black families. Laura has worked at nonprofits with children and families in several different states on a local level and enjoys learning more about the human landscape.
Amanda’s research interests include learning about the long-term impact of childhood illness on caregivers, children, and siblings. Her professional experience motivates her to continue looking at how child life specialists can work as part of the multidisciplinary team to effectively support children, caregivers and siblings in the healthcare environment. Her work would focus on examining the link between utilizing child life interventions to promote positive coping for children, caregivers, and siblings. Specifically, she would like to look at how those early experiences in healthcare impact future coping and how healthcare professionals, such as child life specialists, can work to mitigate long-term negative effects. Other areas of interest and relevant to her passion include family stress and coping, parent-child relationships, and promoting resiliency.
Elizandra Sandoval is a Senior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison double majoring in
Human Development and Family Studies and Psychology. She is a Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Scholar researching sense of belonging among Latinx students at predominantly White institutions. Using the Psychosociocultural (PSC) Model (Gloria & Rodriguez, 2002; Castellanos & Gloria, 2007) to assess students’ educational experiences, her research discusses resilience, familismo, and ethnic identity as domains contributing to the Latinx college student experience. Elizandra intentionally highlights Mexican-American culture, generational status, and the institutional context to address current gaps in literature.