Sara Terrana is a doctoral candidate at UCLA – Luskin School of Public Affairs in the Department of Social Welfare. Her research broadly speaking focuses on the third sector, that is nonprofit organizations, particularly human-service organizations (HSOs) and their founders, and neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage. Ms. Terrana specializes in qualitative methodology and has advanced CAQDAS (computer assisted qualitative data analysis software) technology training. In addition, Ms. Terrana has published her research in peer-reviewed journals, including Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, and she has presented her work at both national and international conferences across academic disciplines. Ms. Terrana teaches sections and courses at both UCLA and CSSW. These have included classes in introduction to statistics, human behavior in the social environment, social work policy, and advocacy in social work practice.
Ms. Terrana earned her MSW from UCLA in 2013. During that time, she completed internship placements in Long Beach, California, and Johannesburg, South Africa. She also holds an MA from Teachers College – Columbia University (2011), where she focused on macro practices and urban poverty. Ms. Terrana served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Vanuatu from 2005–07. She graduated magna cum laude with dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Hawaii–Hilo in Psychology and Communications in 2004.