Apryl Alexander

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Denver
Chapter Member: Colorado SSN
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Alexander’s research focuses on violence and victimization, forensic assessment, human sexuality, sexual offending, and trauma-informed and culturally informed practice. Alexander is inspired by her years of providing trauma-based treatment to child and adolescent victims of sexual violence, much of Alexander's research centers on examining outcomes related to childhood maltreatment in adolescents in the general population, juvenile justice-involved adolescents, and emerging adults.

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Apryl Alexander quoted on question of when children become adults, particularly in the area of criminal justice by Andrea Dukakis, "When Do Children Really Become Adults? Science Sheds Light on Brain Development" CPR News, February 13, 2020.
Apryl Alexander quoted on cancel culture is simply a boycott that happens as a result of someone's behavior," by Russell Haythorn, "An Explanation of ‘Cancel Culture’ and Why It’s Become Such a Popular Phenomenon ‘Cancel Culture’ Is a Boycott of Person’s Behavior " TheDenverChannel.com, February 6, 2020.
Guest to discuss One-third of all sexual offenses in the U.S. are committed by minors under 18 years of age? on TEDxMileHigh, Apryl Alexander, January 5, 2019.
"The Murder of Jordan Vong and Why Teens Shouldn't Be Tried as Audits," Apryl Alexander, Opinion, The Denver Post, August 22, 2018.
"Legislature Must Ban Use of ‘Conversion Therapy’ on Our Youth," Apryl Alexander, Colorado Politics, April 23, 2018.


"Sex for All: Sex Positivity and Intersectionality in Clinical and Counseling Psychology" Project Muse 6, no. 1 (2019): 49-72.

Discusses how intersectionality in sex positive research, training, and practice is practically non-existent in psychology. The aim of the present paper is to analyze issues related to sex and sexuality from an intersectional sex positive framework.

"Simulated Judicial Decision-Making for African and European American Adolescents With Illegal Sexual Behavior: The Impact of Medical Data and Victim Race/Ethnicity" (with John Michael Falligant). Behaviorial Science and the Law 38, no. 1 (2019): 51-65.

Discusses medical evidence and race of victim influence victim believability such that medical evidence was more impactful for cases with African American victims in child sexual abuse cases.

"Race and Victim Age Matter: Sexual Behaviors and Experiences Among Confined African American and European American Youth With Sexual and Nonsexual Offenses" (with Rebecca L. Fix, John Michael Falligant, and Barry. R. Burkhart). Sexual Abuse 31, no. 1 (2019): 50-72.

Explores how research has found differences in sexual behavior and types of sexual offending by offense category and racial/ethnic group. The present study examined effects of offense category, victim age, and race/ethnicity on sexual behavior.