Dr. Apryl Alexander received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech (2005) and a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Radford University (2007). She received both an M.S. (2009) and Psy.D. (2012) in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology, with concentrations in forensic psychology and child and family therapy. Dr. Alexander completed a pre-doctoral internship at Patton State Hospital. Her post-doctoral fellowship at Minnesota State Operated Forensic Services (MSOFS) provided her with advanced training in forensic psychology.
Dr. Alexander spent 3 years as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Auburn University. She supervised research and clinical work at the Accountability Based Sex Offender Program (ABSOP), an Alabama Department of Youth Services residential treatment program for adolescents adjudicated for illegal sexual behavior.
In 2016, Dr. Alexander was appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver. She primarily teaches in the Master's of Forensic Psychology program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and supervises students at the Denver Forensic Institute for Research, Service and Training (Denver FIRST). She serves as Director of Denver FIRST's Outpatient Competency Restoration Program (OCRP), which provides outpatient competency education and restoration for low-risk, court-ordered adult defendants and juveniles.
Dr. Alexander also serves as the Founder and Co-Director for the University of Denver’s Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI). DU PAI provides therapeutic, educational creative arts programming to incarcerated men and women in Colorado state prisons. DU PAI promotes access to high-quality therapeutic arts programs to incarcerated people in Colorado with the goal of empowering individuals to improve the quality of their lives and prepare them to make positive changes in their communities upon release. DU PAI sees this work as part of DU’s commitment to be “a great private university dedicated to the public good.”
Dr. Alexander's research has been published in leading journals including Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice; Criminal Justice Review; International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology; Child Maltreatment; Journal of Child Sexual Abuse; Journal of Sexual Aggression; and Sexual Abuse. In December 2018, she gave a talk at TEDxMileHigh on consent education and sexual violence prevention.
Dr. Alexander has received numerous accolades for her clinical work, research, and mentoring of students. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth B. Wolf Outstanding Clinical Graduate Student from the Florida Institute of Technology. In 2016, she received the Recent Alumna of the Year at the Influential Black Alumni Awards ceremony at Virginia Tech for both her clinical work with adolescents in the juvenile justice system and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. In 2017, Dr. Alexander received both the American Psychological Association (APA) Early Career Achievement Award and the APA Section on Child Maltreatment Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research. In 2019, she received the APA Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Benefit Children, Youth, and Families, honoring her for using her research to directly influence policy and practice regarding the well-being of children and families.