Sergio D. Garcia is an aspiring psychologist. Before pursuing formal studies in psychology, he applied related principals to his professional work in public relations and marketing for global fashion and beauty brands and public personalities. In 2015, Sergio made the decision to change trajectories. He parted with his career in NYC, took time to reflect, and moved back to the small, rural south Texas town where he was raised. Embracing radical change, he began work as a ranch hand on a cattle ranch and a gardener at a native botanical garden.
Soon after, imbued with a sense of accountability and hard work, Sergio realized his goal to serve through the pursuit of a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and the application of his learnings. While pursuing his Master of Arts, continuing his ranch and horticulture work, and working as a Graduate Assistant, Sergio developed behavioral research on interpersonal communication motives, culture's influence on anxiety management, and culture's influence on the conception of universal virtues. He has also co-written academic book chapters to be published on culture and parenting style and the psychology of inequality and social change.
In 2019, Sergio began painting under the instruction of celebrated Chicana artist Santa Barraza. Sergio's thesis - Orthogonal Identity Fusion: Narcissism, Morality, and the Orientation of the Ties that Bind - investigates themes related to his most recent painting, Dulce Cielo. Sergio will apply to Ph.D. programs this fall for a prospective fall 2021 admittance. He aims to marry his interests through future work.