Dr. Valerie L. Alexander

College of Letters and Sciences

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College of Letters and Sciences
(858) 642-8343

Dr. Valerie Alexander completed her Ph.D. in 1986 at the University of Pittsburgh in Counseling Psychology. After concluding a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology at the Lake Erie Institute of Rehabilitation, she obtained her license as a Clinical Psychologist in Pennsylvania. Moving to San Diego in 1990, she worked as a staff psychologist at the Naval Medical Center on the inpatient psychiatric ward for ten years, training psychiatry residents and psychology interns. It was during this time that she began teaching for the Department of Psychology at National University (NU) while maintaining her clinical practice and obtaining her psychologist license in California. Dr. Alexander began teaching full time at NU in 2002, where the majority of her teaching has been in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program. She continues to have a clinical presence in the community. Her research experience has been centered around treatment of depression with a particular focus on cognitive therapy and mindfulness based approaches. She has several peer reviewed publications and has traveled nationally and internationally speaking on this and similar topics. A current research interest is with the older adult population and treatment modalities to reduce depression and anxiety.