Cindy C. Sangalang

Cindy C. Sangalang, PhD, MSW
Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
School of Social Work


Dr. Sangalang is an Assistant Professor with the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles. She earned a doctorate in social welfare and M.S.W. at the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelors degree in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Cal State L.A. she was an assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow at Arizona State University. Her program of research examines how factors tied to race, ethnicity, gender, migration, and culture intersect to influence behavioral health and well-being of individuals within immigrant and refugee communities. Underlying her scholarly work is a commitment to reducing social and health inequities for vulnerable and marginalized youth and families.


Dr. Sangalang teaches courses in the Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) sequence across the graduate and undergraduate programs. She aims to connect social work students’ motivation to make a difference in others’ lives to a foundation of evidence-based knowledge and critical thinking skills that will inform their professional paths.


Grounded in practice experience with youth and diverse cultural communities, Dr. Sangalang's research broadly examines determinants of health and well-being in immigrant and refugee populations. Her work has been funded by the NIH and SAMHSA. She is currently focused on understanding stressors and strengths within immigrant and refugee families, including the intergenerational transmission of trauma and resilience.  



Postdoctoral Fellowship, Arizona State University, Health Disparities & Social Work

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Social Welfare

MSW, University of California, Los Angeles, Social Welfare

BA, University of California, Berkeley, Psychology


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