Sarah Gobrial

Ph.D., Psychology

I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and have always been interested in psychology. In my undergraduate studies at Ohio State University, I double majored in Psychology and International Studies and minored and Arabic language. I also developed my interest in psychological research working in an emotion regulation lab, and completed a thesis examining sexual orientation related discrimination in bisexual individuals. I then went on to work full time as a study coordinator at UC Davis on an NIH-funded study aimed at reducing the duration of untreated psychosis. Here at SMU, I am a graduate student in the clinical psychology graduate program and part of the Acculturation, Diversity, and Psychopathology Team. My primary research interests include understanding mental health disparities in minoritized communities, and how minority-identity related stressors, like discrimination and stigma, can impact mental health outcomes. I am particularly interested in the intersection of racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender identity related stressors. I am also interested in making empirical findings and interventions more accessible through open science practices and reducing barriers to access to care. Outside of the lab, I like to try out new recipes, do my best to keep my plants alive, listen to true crime podcasts, and get involved with grassroots political movements.