Personal profile


Dr. Rebecca Anguiano is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s College of California, and the Program Director of the School Psychology specialization. She earned her PhD in School Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and is a credentialed, bilingual (Spanish-English) school psychologist and licensed educational psychologist. As a Brown Chicana woman, Dr. Anguiano’s personal experiences have motivated her to focus her research and clinical work on lifting the voices of historically marginalized communities, especially Black and Brown children and their families, as they interface with prek-12 schools. At Saint Mary’s she teaches Cognitive, Learning, and Development in the Social Context, Organizational System’s Consultation, and School Psychology Seminar and Supervision. 

Dr. Anguiano’s research has explored the translating practices of immigrant families, community organizing and popular education as methods for family engagement in schools, and culturally responsive data-based decision making to inform interventions for emergent bilingual students. She has been published in outlets such as the School Community Journal, the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Dr. Anguiano has provided trainings to community agencies and schools on trauma-informed practices, strength-based psychoeducational evaluations of bilingual children and youth, socially just family engagement, and anti-racist self-care for school leaders during the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Active Research Project:
Socially Just Family Engagement in Urban Schools: Stories of Transformation and Inclusive School Practices. (August 2017-present) Co-Investigator: Dr. Cynthia Martinez. Received $9,000 Provost Grant.

Contact Information

Office: Fillipi Academic Hall 240-4
Phone: (925) 631-4465

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Education/Academic qualification

B.A., Psychology and Hispanic Studies, Scripps College

Ph.D., School Psychology, University of California - Berkeley

M.A., Education, University of California - Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Latino immigrant families
  • Parent involvement and community engagement in urban schools
  • Ethical assessment of bilingual students for special education services
  • Response to intervention
  • Trauma-informed and restorative practices in urban schools


  • Counseling