Sandra Newton is a Clinical and School Psychologist in Supervised Practice with training in developmental, clinical, and school psychology (MA and PhD, University of Toronto) and a longstanding interest in advocacy, education, and support for children, youth, and adults with sickle cell disease. She has completed dissertation research and presented at conferences with a sickle cell disease focus on the topics of school-based interventions for youth and Health-Related Quality of Life. She was formerly a Board member at The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario, The Black Health Alliance, and Camp Jumoke.
At the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO), Dr. Newton facilitates the Psychosocial Program, including Peer Support Group sessions, individual counseling, and advocacy work. She has also supported research study management and coordination for a recently completed Public Health Agency of Canada-funded study on vaccine acceptance in individuals with sickle cell disease and making up the Black communities of Canada.