Jackie Lopez Santiago

Jackie is a PhD student in the School Psychology Program under the advisement of Professor Frank Worrell. Jackie’s primary research interest include: understanding the educational experiences of low income, Latine students; parent education as a mediator for Latine students academic success; and the social networks of Latine parents, particularly mothers.

Jackie is a first-generation college graduate who was born and raised in Santa Monica, Calif. She is an alumnae of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she began her research experience as a second year student. Most of her undergraduate research involved the investigation of universal screening tools in identifying students with high social-emotional needs. As an undergrad, Jackie spent three years as a peer mentor for the ONDAS Student Center, a program meant to support the retention of first-generation college students. Additionally, Jackie also participated in the McNair Scholars Program, served as a peer advisor for the Communications Department, and was president of her Latina based sorority, Phi Lambda Rho Sorority Inc. Jackie graduated from UCSB with a degree in Communications and a minor in Applied Psychology.

As a graduate student, Jackie is focused on obtaining practicum experiences with Spanish speaking populations to develop her skills as Spanish speaking practitioner. Additionally, Jackie previously worked for GenEq and is currently supporting undergraduates doing resources via the SURF and UROC programs. During her free time, Jackie enjoys window shopping, sewing, reading, or FaceTiming her friends and family.

doctoral student jackie lopez santiago smiling at camera


BA, Communication Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

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