Sarah Trescher

Doctoral student
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Sarah Trescher is a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology PhD program. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Sarah works as a Research Assistant in the Office of Accountability at the Washoe County School District.

Research interests

Sarah is devoted to applied research in both the legal and education systems. She primarily works in program evaluation in these fields to identify and promote programs that can have positive effects for youth and families. In the legal system, Sarah is interested in the child welfare system and what programs in dependency court can promote family resiliency and permanency. For her dissertation, she conducted a high-stakes evaluation of the Parents for Parents program in Washington State; an early engagement and peer mentoring program for parents involved in dependency court. Sarah also researches policies and programs in the education system to support learning for all students. She has primarily researched social emotional learning and its effects on student risk and academic outcomes but has also been involved in evaluation projects related to technology in the classroom, family engagement, and professional learning communities (PLCs). Additionally, Sarah is beginning to research the social, academic, and behavioral outcomes for foster students in the Washoe County School District.  


  • M.A., Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
  • B.S., Psychology, Juniata College