Valentín "Val" Sierra is a PhD student at Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies. 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. They hold a MSW from Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare and a BA in Native American Studies, with highest honors, from UC Davis.
Digital Mental Health, Indigenous Research Methodologies, Native American Youth, Urban Health Disparities