Sara Jalbert

Sara Jalbert '15 Research


Sara Jalbert '15 is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saint Joseph in May 2015 majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies.  She worked as a research graduate assistant for the Department of Counseling & Applied Behavioral Studies during the 2015-2016 academic year and is currently completing her research project through independent study this Summer 2016.

Sara has had a unique opportunity to both work collaboratively with faculty as a student researcher, while also conducting her own independent research project. Prior to her graduate assistant work, Sara had already presented at the Eastern Psychological Association and the Connecticut Counseling Association.

Faculty/Student Project

Sara worked as a graduate research assistant under the direction of Marte Ostvik-de Wilde, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Counseling & Applied Behavioral Studies Department. Through her assistantship, Sara had the opportunity to provide community outreach services to a local school partner in Bristol (Greene-Hills K-8 School). She facilitated small group psychosocial interventions to children identified as struggling with aggressive behaviors. Furthermore, she has been instrumental on the data collection and analysis of these intervention outcomes. Alongside the co-investigators, Katharine-Ann Buck, Ph.D., (Human Development & Family Studies) and Dr. de Wilde (Counseling), Sara has supported the development of a manuscript set for submission in Summer 2016 entitled Facilitating Socioemotional Development in High Needs Children & Early Adolescents: School-Based Counseling Groups.


Student Project

Furthermore, Sara is conducting a student-led qualitative study examining the lived experiences of licensed professional counselors and other helping professionals working with victims and survivors of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence. She aims to shed light upon gaps in training, education, and treatment for this population. Sara presented her pilot study at Symposium Day 2016 entitled Inside the Clinician’s Mind: Understanding the Counseling Process When Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence. She is now conducting data analysis and intends to submit a manuscript based on the final study for publication in Fall 2016.

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