Hanan Salem and Daniela Sarmiento of the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School were given the 2022-2023 Ray E. Hosford Awards for Excellence in Professional Behavior for their work at the Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic.
Hanan Salem is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology working under Dr. Miya Barnett. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Florida International University. After graduating, she worked as a project coordinator on the Kids FACE FEARS study, a PCORI-funded study that examined the effectiveness of therapist-led and online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for youths within pediatric settings. During this time, she also worked on several projects that explored various models of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) aimed at increasing the accessibility of and engagement in PCIT across diverse families. Her research interests include addressing mental health disparities within diverse and underserved children and families that have experienced disasters and adversity by increasing the access to and quality of evidence-based services within these populations.
Daniela Sarmiento is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology working under Dr. Kia-Keating. Daniela received her B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA in 2020. As an undergraduate, Daniela conducted research on the interaction between sociocultural experiences and biobehavioral development in youth of diverse backgrounds. After graduating, she worked as a research associate at UCLA's Adolescent Development Lab. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of psychology, biology, and culture. She is particularly interested in studying how these factors impact risk and resilience in underserved populations. Moreover, she is passionate about using community-based participatory research to inform the development of programs and interventions for youth and families. She is also interested in studying how technology can be leveraged to promote mind-body practices, such as mindfulness.
The Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic is a university-based community clinic designed to provide developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, low-cost individual, couple, family, and group psychological treatment and testing/assessment services to people living within the central coast community. The Hosford Clinic serves as a training site for students in CCSP and as a clinical-research facility for the faculty and students of the CCSP Department. It also strives to provide educational, consultation, and training services to professional and paraprofessional clinicians and educators in the tri-counties.