Daniela Sarmiento wins NPEIV Founders Award for research on ethno-racial trauma and mindfulness approaches for Latinx communities

Friday, September 2, 2022
Daniela Sarmiento with NPEIV award-winning poster

Daniela Sarmiento of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School won the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) 2022 Founders Award for her research “Ethno-racial Trauma and Mindfulness Approaches for Latinx Communities in the U.S.” The award recognizes the poster that best exemplifies the goals of NPEIV to reduce, eliminate, or prevent violence through research, practice, policy, or advocacy. Sarmiento co-authored the research with her advisor Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating.

Daniela Sarmiento is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. She received her B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA in 2020. As an undergraduate, Sarmiento 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.

[Daniela Sarmiento is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at george@education.ucsb.edu]