Syeda Y. Buchwach

Syeda Y. Buchwach

Syeda Y. Buchwach

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Clinical Psychology: community resilience; immigrant help-seeking & service utilization; family conflict & violence

Syeda is a third-year graduate student in Clinical Psychology working with Dr. Lauren Cattaneo in her Lab for Community REACH. Syeda earned her Bachelor's degree in International Economics from Georgetown University SFS in 2010, and worked with nonprofit organizations supporting structural development and financial inclusion for marginalized communities before entering the field of clinical psychology. Prior to joining GMU, she volunteered with the Diverse Family Relationships Lab at the George Washington University to research and administer co-parenting interventions among Latino and African American parents as well as investigate help-seeking attitudes and behaviors among Asian/Asian American university students.

As a volunteer program leader with the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Syeda is committed to combatting internalized stigma and promoting self-efficacy and sense of community among people diagnosed with chronic psychiatric conditions. Syeda's current research projects at GMU concern undergraduate civic engagement, intimate partner violence, and community resilience.

Current Research

See our lab website for ongoing projects: Lab for Community REACH (Resilience, Empowerment, Action, CHange).

Selected Publications

Cattaneo, L., Shor, R., Calton, J., Gebhard, K. T., Buchwach, S., Elshabassi, N., & Hargrove, S. (2019). Social Problems are Social: Empirical Evidence and Reflections on Integrating Community Psychology into Traditional Curriculum. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 10(1), 1 – 29.


Master of Arts in Psychology - Clinical Concentration, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
George Mason University (2019)

Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, International Economics - Concentration in Economic Growth, Transition, & Development, Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University (2010)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program, Psychology, School of Continuing Education
Columbia University (2014)

Recent Presentations


Fighting Stigma in Schools: Testing the Effectiveness of NAMI’s Ending the Silence Presentation. (2017, July). Panelist with Otto Wahl, Ph.D., Corrie Thompson, M.A., and Terri Brister, Ph.D. at the NAMI National Convention, Washington, DC.


Buchwach, S., & Cattaneo, L. (2019, June). Don’t blame the victim, change the system: How a community psychology service-learning course promotes undergraduates’ civic behavior change. Poster session presented at the 2019 SCRA Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.

Gebhard, K., Buchwach, S., & Cattaneo, L. (2018, July). Investigating Shame and Men's Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence: Threat to Masculinity is a Key Player. (Presenter). Paper presentation for the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

Hargrove, S., Gebhard, K., Younus, S., & Cattaneo, L. (2018, June). Building Resilience to State-Sanctioned Violence. (Content developer). Interactive Discussion presentation for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Khera, G. S., Younus, S., Poblete, A., Sirijuntanan, P., & Gee, C. (2017, August). Factors Related to Help-Seeking and Service Utilization among South Asian International Students. APA Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

Poblete, A. T., Khera, G., Gee, C., Porcelli, S. E., & Younus, S. I.  (2017, August). Asian/Asian Americans’ Beliefs and Help-Seeking Attitudes Related to Anxiety and Academic Stress. APA Annual Convention, Washington, DC.