Valentín Sierra

Job title: 
Computational Social Science Fellow
School of Social Welfare

Valentín "Val" Sierra is a PhD student at Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies. They hold a MSW from Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare and a BA in Native American Studies, with highest honors, from UC Davis. Their clinical and research agendas focus on eliminating mental health disparities, particularly suicide and depression, for urban Native American young people through culturally grounded practices and interventions. Sierra is an Associate Clinical Social Worker and an active member of the California Yaqui (Yoeme) Indian community. “I am excited to engage in a multidisciplinary learning community through the CSSTP and gain advanced training in data analytic techniques,” says Sierra. “I look forward to applying this knowledge to structure research as a decolonial tool to serve my community in the continued pursuit towards health equity and justice.”

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