Sandra Mattar, PsyD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Sandra Mattar


Dr. Mattar is a Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Professor, and Director of Training of the Immigrant and Refugee Health Center at Boston Medical Center. She is a graduate of the William James College (formerly MSPP), and the Universidad Católica Andres Bello (Venezuela). She is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of clinical and teaching experience combined. She has done field research around war trauma in Lebanon. Dr. Mattar was Associate Dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education and Associate Professor in the Graduate Counseling Program at Saint Mary’s College of California. Dr. Mattar is a founding member of the 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; mental health disparities; 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).


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


  • Published on 11/1/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 6/15/2020

    Mattar S, Piwowarczyk LA. COVID-19 and U.S.-based refugee populations: Commentary. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Aug; 12(S1):S228-S229. PMID: 32538665.

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  • Published on 8/1/2019

    APA Taskforce on Race and Ethnicity Guidelines in Psychology. Practice Guidelines. 2019.

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  • Published on 1/1/2015

    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.

  • Published on 1/1/2015

    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.

  • Published on 1/1/2014

    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.

  • Published on 1/1/2011

    Mattar, S. Cultural considerations in trauma psychology education and training. Traumatology. 2011; 4(16):48-52.

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  • Published on 1/1/2011

    S. Mattar, B. Drozdek, & C. Figley. Traumatology. Trauma and Culture. 2011; 4(16).

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