Alexandra is a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and a clinical assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology and a graduate certificate in Gender Studies from Northwestern University. During graduate school, she was awarded the Dr. John J.B. Morgan Fellowship and worked at The Family Institute at Northwestern University as a research and clinical fellow.
She treats individuals and couples at The Family Institute at Northwestern University’s Northbrook location. She has expertise in the areas of couple therapy, individual therapy, and group relations / group dynamics. Alexandra supervises in the MSMFT program, has been involved with The Family Institute’s Family Business Project, and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA).
In addition to her clinical work, Alexandra teaches two courses. “Intimate Relations” is a graduate course in Northwestern University’s MSMFT program that teaches first year graduate students about love, intimacy, and commitment, while preparing them to work competently with couples in the treatment room. She also teaches an innovative and popular course at Northwestern University– Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101. This undergraduate course combines traditional and experiential learning in order to teach students about key aspects of romantic relationships including attraction, conflict, sex, and forgiveness, with the ultimate goal of helping students expand their relational self-awareness so they can make healthy and conscious choices in love.
Alexandra publishes in peer-reviewed academic journals and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for leading journals like Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy (JMFT) and Family Process. She writes professional and lay pieces as well, and she presents nationally and internationally to corporate, military, professional, and general audiences including The United States Military Academy at West Point, Microsoft, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She is a blogger for Psychology Today and is frequently asked to consult with the media on topics related to love, sex, and marriage including O Magazine, Oprah Winfrey Network (#OWNshow), The Today Show, CBS Early Show, The Atlantic, NPR, Huffington Post, Scientific American, WGN, and Real Simple Magazine. Alexandra is the author of Loving Bravely: Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want (New Harbinger, February 2017).
She lives in Highland Park, Illinois with her husband, Todd, their two children, Brian and Courtney.