Mercedes Zapata is a Lecturer in the School Psychology Program. Dr. Zapata teaches coursework related to psychopathology and adolescent development, and she provides consultation for community mental health and school-based practicum experiences. Dr. Zapata is a Licensed Psychologist in California as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and credentialed School Psychologist. She has practiced as a school psychologist in San Francisco Unified School District and Alameda City Unified School District.
Prior to receiving her PhD in Education (School Psychology), Dr. Zapata received her Masters in Urban Education (Administration & Policy) and taught elementary school in West Contra Costa Unified School District and San Lorenzo Unified School District. Her research explores topics related to disability-affirmative clinical practices, disability identity, disability awareness and advocacy, and disability humility within the school setting and related contexts.