Psychology alumna returns to discuss reform and advocacy in the juvenile justice system


Apryl Alexander M.S. ’07 will return to campus on April 22 with a presentation titled “Juvenile injustice: How psychology can inform public policy and the law.”

Alexander, now an assistant clinical professor at Auburn University, will speak at 1 p.m. in Hurlburt Student Center 249/250. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

The 70,000 incarcerated youths in the United States, most detained for non-violent offenses, have a lower probability of completing high school and a higher chance of future incarceration. They also face biases in the justice system that create large disparities in youth confinement in racial/ethnic minority and LGBT youth.

In recent years, social science research has helped reform the juvenile justice system. Alexander will address public policy and treatment efforts in the juvenile justice system, as well as psychologists’ important role as advocates.

Alexander received her M.S. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology at Radford. She also holds a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and Psy.D. and M.S. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Her presentation is sponsored by the Center for Gender Studies and the Department of Psychology.

Apr 20, 2016