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Misty Sawatzky-Valenzuela - PhD

Assistant Professor, PsyD Director of Research, Graduate Psychology

Ph.D., Psychometrics and Assessment, University of Southern California (USC)


Fall 2019 marks my first semester working full-time in the PsyD program at MSMU. However, I have had the pleasure of teaching across the Mount’s many Psychology programs over the last few years.

What I appreciate most about the Mount is the student-centered, familial approach that permeates all facets of the university environment. MSMU is a family and our students are truly valued and supported for who they, not who they should be.

My research interests intersect rigorous psychometric methods (measurement theory) with cultural understandings of marginalized populations – primarily Latinx/a/o students – with the goal of developing valid assessments for use in psychological practice and research. My further interests include the theoretical conceptualization and statistical measurement of emotionality as a moderator and mediator of outcomes for Latinx youth.

My hobbies and interests include travel, music (I’m a huge music nerd), literature, and film (horror films from the 60s and 70s are my favorite).

Example Courses

PSY 401: Statistics, PSY 040: Basic Statistical Methods, PSY 141: Applied Research Methods & Statistics

Published Works

Dowd, A. C., Sawatzky, M., & Korn, R. (2011). Theoretical foundations and a research agenda   to validate measures of intercultural effort. The Review of Higher Education, 53(1) 17-44.