Sandra Mattar, PsyD Hear my name
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

PsyD, William James College
BS/MA, Andres Bell Catholic University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Mattar is a Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor, and Director of Training at the Immigrant and Refugee Health Center at Boston Medical Center. She is also Faculty/supervisor at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP). She is a graduate of William James College (formerly MSPP), and the Universidad Católica Andres Bello (Venezuela). She is a licensed psychologist with more than 25 years of clinical and teaching experience combined. She has done field research on war trauma in Lebanon. Dr. Mattar was Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the Graduate Counseling Program at Saint Mary’s College of California. Dr. Mattar is a founding member of Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a Past Chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs of APA. She was a contributor to the APA Race and Ethnicity Guidelines Task Force. Dr. Mattar’s research interests are on the intersection of psychological trauma and culture; immigrants and refugee mental health; multicultural and international psychology; culturally responsive, trauma-informed education and training, and mindfulness and spirituality. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Psychological Trauma. Dr. Mattar is bilingual in English and Spanish and speaks conversational Arabic and French. She holds a Yoga Teacher certification (RYT500) as well as a certification in Triyana Buddhist studies.

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  1. Taknint, Joelle; Rojas Perez, Oscar, Mattar, Sandra, & Piwowarczyk, Linda. Teletherapy trauma treatment in context: Caring for refugee patients during and beyond COVID-19 pandemic. Practice Innovations. 2022. View Publication
  2. Mattar, S., Ipekci, B., Louis, E. F., & Taknint, J. T. . Training considerations for providers engaged in refugee mental health care. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. 2022.
  3. Mattar S, Gellatly R. Refugee mental health: Culturally relevant considerations. Curr Opin Psychol. 2022 Oct; 47:101429.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35973355; DOI: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2022.101429;
  4. Mattar. S., & Kimball, S. (2022). The traumatic impact of US immigration policies: a call of action for mental healthcare providers. Harvard Public Health Review. 2022.
  5. Mattar S, Frewen PA. Introduction to the special issue: Complementary medicine and integrative health approaches to trauma therapy and recovery. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Nov; 12(8):821-824. PMID: 33346679
  6. Mattar S, Piwowarczyk LA. COVID-19 and U.S.-based refugee populations: Commentary. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Aug; 12(S1):S228-S229.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32538665
  7. APA Taskforce on Race and Ethnicity Guidelines in Psychology. Practice Guidelines. 2019. View Publication
  8. Mattar, S. & Pestana, M. . Espin. O. & Dottolo, A. (Eds.). Gendered Journeys: Women, Migration and Feminist Psychology . Ni de aquí ni de allá: Narratives of migration and acculturation. Palgrave/McMillan. Virginia. 2015.
  9. Matz, D., Vogel, E., Mattar, S., Montenegro, H. . Interrupting intergenerational trauma: Children of Holocaust Survivors and the Third Reich. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. 2015; Vol. 46:210-230.
  10. Mattar, S. & Vogel, E. The quality of the evidence: Expanding explanatory trauma frameworks through qualitative research. Europe’s Journal of Psychology. 2014; 10(2):363-375. View Publication
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