Alex received her BA in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University, where she discovered her love of psychology. After earning her degree, she became a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital, working on a randomized clinical trial of Deep Brain Stimulation for treatment-resistant depression. Naturally, working in research led her to graduate school -- she went on to earn her PhD from Harvard University in the Clinical Science. Alex then completed her clinical internship at the Boston VA in Jamaica Plain, rotating through the General Mental Health and Substance Abuse Residential Clinics. She is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Stress and Development Lab, and is interested in the clinical application of this work as it relates to trajectories of risk for psychopathology by investigating dynamic changes in social experiences, processing, and behavior. Her work has resulted in the publication of scientific articles in top-tier journals and she has been recognized for her contributions to the field by winning several national grants and honors, including a $20,000 grant from the American Psychological Foundations Koppitz Fellowship.
As a graduate student, Alex was an award-winning teaching assistant for two undergraduate courses at Harvard: Abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology. Her responsibilities included leading 2-3 sections per course (>100 students total) to review, consolidate and expand upon course material. She also graded mid-term and final exams, provided feedback on and graded final papers, and engaged with students in one-on-one meetings for guidance and tutoring. As a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow, she has mentored several trainees at the undergraduate and graduate level on research study design and execution, data prep and statistical analysis using R, manuscript preparation and submission to academic journals or conferences.
Just to up the nerd factor, Alex was a member of the a cappella group, the Tufts Amalgamates, as an undergrad and even got to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park.