Sandy Magana
Sandy Magaña, Ph.D., is professor in Autism and Neurodevelopment Disabilities in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Photo by Lynda Gonzalez.

Background: Mexican-American

Focus: Sandy Magaña’s research focuses on Latino families of children with developmental disabilities and autism, an interest that comes from her time as a social worker in California working with Spanish-speaking families of children with disabilities. She is now investigating racial and ethnic disparities among children with autism and developmental disabilities, and developing culturally relevant interventions to address these disparities. Professor Magaña is currently involved in several exciting projects, one of which is aimed at early identification and treatment of Latino children with autism in Central Texas.


  • First job: McDonalds
  • What she likes to do on the weekends: Swim
  • Favorite music: Alt Rock


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