Mitigating COVID-19's Differential Impact on Marginalized Students With Trauma

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about students' perspectives of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on academic success and mental well-being.
  2. explore the mediating variables that contribute to the differential impact of COVID-19 on students from traumatic and disadvantaged backgrounds.
  3. leave with recommendations for creating trauma-informed schools that meet the unique needs of marginalized students.


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on the emotional, social, behavioral, and academic needs of students across their home and school environments. Notably, these effects differentially impact populations that are at higher risk for adverse childhood experiences (Johnson et al., 2013). This qualitative study aims to explore and mitigate the differential impacts of COVID-19 on students in order to prepare school psychologists to deliver culturally competent interventions.



Joaquin Alvarez-Bautista, Cal State Monterey Bay
Colby J. Anderson, Cal State Monterey Bay
Quinn H. Houchin, Cal State Monterey Bay
Andrea Rodriguez, Cal State Monterey Bay


Anthony G. Calcagno, Mayra Hernandez, Stephanie D´Costa, Christine E. Valdez

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