Sandra Vanegas

Sandra Vanegas
University of Texas at Austin | UT · School of Social Work

PhD - Developmental Psychology

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Introduction
Currently conducting an RCT on a culturally-adapted parent-mediated intervention program for families of children with ASD in low-resource communities. Other projects include examining educational and health disparities in the identification, evaluation, and services for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities from racial/ethnic, and linguistic minority backgrounds.
Additional affiliations
July 2021 - present
Autism Consortium of Texas LEND
Position
  • Managing Director
August 2018 - June 2022
Texas State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
September 2017 - present
University of Texas at Austin
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
August 2008 - May 2013
Loyola University Chicago
Field of study
  • Developmental Psychology
August 2005 - August 2007
University of Texas at Dallas
Field of study
  • Human Development & Early Childhood Disorders
September 2001 - May 2005
University of Rochester
Field of study
  • Psychology; Comparative Literature

Publications

Publications (42)
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Decision making is an essential skill that allows a person to exercise autonomy and express their needs and wants. For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds, decision making may not match the literature of decision making among individuals without disabilities or individuals from...
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Substantial systemic barriers to care exist for Black, Latino, Asian, and other communities of color, as well as low-resourced populations. Yet, few parent-mediated or parent education interventions specifically target ethnically, racially, or socioeconomically diverse families of children with autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual and devel...
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A timely diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is important for children as that may help inform the best services and supports needed for optimal outcomes. However, disparities in the identification of ASD have been consistently documented for racial/ethnic minority and immigrant populations. The majority of studies of immigrant populations...
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Background and aims The academic development of children with autism spectrum disorders is important to investigate as it can provide opportunities for higher education, independent living, and successful employment in adulthood. Although educational data find that children with autism spectrum disorders can achieve similar levels of academic achie...
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Greater attention and focus are being paid to outcome measures used in evaluating treatment gains and long-term outcomes for children and youth with developmental delays/disabilities (DD). However, much of this research does not include racially/ethnically and linguistically diverse participants, nor does it consider the relevance of chosen outcome...
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Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has found significant disparities in access to services and outcomes in rural communities. Little is known about service providers and families of children with ASD who reside in rural communities. The purpose of this study was to learn and describe the barriers and unmet needs experienced by parents and...
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Compared to the general population, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) face worse health outcomes, and outcomes are even worse for children and adults with IDD from minoritized populations. Examining the intersection of people with IDD from minoritized groups is critical to understanding appropriate policies and services...
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Parent-focused interventions have been designed to provide training and support to caregivers who are essential in achieving positive outcomes for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In 2020, significant crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic and continued racial tensions, profoundly impacted the livelihood of children...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire world in unprecedented ways. However, populations that have had a history of marginalization have experienced a more profound impact. One such group is Latinx families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the Unites States. In this study, we used a mixed methods approach...
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In this study, monolingual (English) and bilingual (English/Spanish, English/Urdu) five- and six-year-old children completed a grammaticality judgment test in order to assess their awareness of the grammaticality of two types of syntactic constructions in English: word order and gender representation. All children were better at detecting grammatic...
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During the transition to adulthood, effective and culturally relevant supports are critical for families of youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is a dearth of documented program development and research on supports for Spanish-speaking Latino families during this life stage. The present work describes the cultural adaptation process of...
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Self-conscious emotions, such as shame, guilt and pride, facilitate our social interactions by motivating us to adhere to social norms and external standards. In this study, we examined proneness to shame, guilt, hubristic pride and authentic pride in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder traits (ASD-T) and in neurotypical (NT) adults. Relations bet...
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Robust evidence exists for the shape bias, or children's tendency to extend novel names and categorize objects more readily on the basis of shape than on other object features. However, issues remain about the conditions that affect the shape bias and its importance as a linguistic device. In this research, we examined how type of instruction (comm...
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Latino children in the US are systematically underdiagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); therefore, it is important that recent changes to the diagnostic process do not exacerbate this pattern of under-identification. Previous research has found that the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) algorithm, based on the Diagnostic and Stat...
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During early childhood, children require major support that is tailored toward their specific needs. For children with disabilities, families play a crucial part in providing the needed services. However, families often lack the knowledge, resources, and skills that would help them in overcoming challenges that arise while raising a child with disa...
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In this research, 5- and 6-year-old monolingual (English) and heritage language (English–Spanish, English–Urdu) children completed a grammaticality judgment test to assess their awareness of grammatically correct and incorrect morphosyntactic structures in English. Results demonstrated that language group differences were minimized when heritage la...
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The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) has been validated as a tool to aid in the diagnosis of Autism; however, given the growing diversity in the United States, the ADI-R must be validated for different languages and cultures. This study evaluates the validity of the ADI-R in a US-based Latino, Spanish-speaking population of 50 children a...
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In three experiments, script-based stories were used to provide thematic emotion. Consistent with past research expressing emotion thematically, emotion aided recall of both central and peripheral information. However, emotion had to be directly associated with the central or peripheral information, and emotion only facilitated memory for periphera...
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Although cognitive development and emotional development are often viewed as separate components in the development of the child, the two are intricately related to each other. The purpose of this chapter is to review and examine how cognitive development is related to emotional development, and how traditional and current theories of cognitive dev...
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This chapter explores the formation of stereotypes in children, particularly negative stereotypes that children hold about others. Theoretical views about stereotype formation in children are presented, and evidence from developmental studies on racism and ageism is summarized. Empirical research is also provided in an attempt to address unanswered...
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This chapter explores the formation of stereotypes in children, particularly negative stereotypes that children hold about others. Theoretical views about stereotype formation in children are presented, and evidence from developmental studies on racism and ageism is summarized. Empirical research is also provided in an attempt to address unanswered...
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The world's languages draw on a common set of event components for their verb systems. Yet, these components are differentially distributed across languages. At what age do children begin to use language-specific patterns to narrow possible verb meanings? English-, Japanese-, and Spanish-speaking adults, toddlers, and preschoolers were shown videos...

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The overall aim of this research project is to identify, understand, and address disparities with respect to obesity among Latino children.