Saniya Soni

Graduate Student

Saniya Soni is an incoming 1st year graduate student at UMass Boston’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral program. She graduated from Drexel University with a degree in psychology and criminal justice, where she conducted research on BIPOC mental health and implemented suicide prevention strategies. Since 2020, she has been working on digital mental health interventions with early phase startups. Her clinical interests include working with young adults of marginalized identities, forensic interventions, and culturally responsive evidence-based practices. She has spoken publicly about the importance of representation in mental healthcare with The JED Foundation, the Epic Foundation, Morgan Stanley, MTV, and CNN. She also co-hosts a podcast called Loudmouth Ladkis, which focuses on the intersection of South Asian and Western identities with an emphasis on mental health.


Soni, S. & Morrison, D. (2020). Learned helplessness and parental support as predictors of depression among Asian American undergraduates. 2020 NCUR Proceedings. [PDF]