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Sam Winter

Sam Winter

Elayna Seago
Sam Winter, Ph.D. Student in Marriage & Family Therapy

Department of  Human Development and Family Science

Sam (He/Him/His) is a second year Ph.D. student in the HDFS department with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to attending Virginia Tech, he received a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sexual Diversity Studies followed by a M.S. in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, both from California State University, Chico. Sam has clinical and research experience and interest on the topics of sexual and gender minority experiences (particularly within individual, couples, and family counseling), measure development, gender studies, human sexuality, adult attachment, and clinician-perpetrated microaggressions. Sam is a professional member of AAMFT and has hopes to conduct research to improve clinical training standards to promote informed and affirming services for the LGBTQ+ community.


  • LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy
  • LGBTQ+ Microaggressions
  • Clinician-Perpetrated Microaggressions
  • Measure Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • B.A. Psychology, California State University, Chico, 2017
  • M.S. Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, California State University, Chico, 2022
  • California State University, Chico Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award Winner (2023) 
  • California State University, Chico College of Behavioral & Social Science Outstanding Thesis Winner (2023)
  • Virginia Tech Graduate School Dean's Diversity Assistantship Winner (2022) 
  • Virginia Tech Mildred Tate Scholarship Award Winner (2022) 
  • Virginia Tech Chris Kaestle Fellowship Award Winner (2022) 
  • Graduated with distinction with M.S. Psychology, California State University, Chico 
  • Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Stipend Winner (2021)