Associate Professors

Alex L. Pieterse

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Columbia University

Phone: (518) 442-5050

Dr. Pieterse joined the faculty in Fall 2008. Dr. Pieterse’s areas of research focus on health related outcomes associated with the experience of racism, antiracism advocacy, race-related aspects of counseling psychology training, and the impact of self-awareness on the psychotherapy process. Currently Dr. Pieterse serves on the Editorial Boards of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist and The Journal of Psychology in Africa. Dr. Pieterse is a Licensed Psychologist whose professional experiences include conducting a Psychotherapy Practice and engaging in Diversity Consultation.

Research Interests

  • Racism, Racial Identity and Health
  • Race-Related aspects of Counseling Psychology Training
  • Anti-racism Advocacy
  • Self-Awareness and Psychotherapy Process

Courses Taught

ECPY 612 Intermediate Theory and Practice
ECPY 700 Prepracticum in Counseling Psychology
ECPY 706 Assessment in Counseling Psychology I
ECPY 805 Advanced Practicum I in Counseling Psychology
ECPY 806 Advanced Practicum II in Counseling Psychology

Representative Publications

Pieterse, A. L., Lee, M., Collins, N. M., & Ritmeester, A. (2013). Towards an integrated model of self-awareness development for counseling and psychotherapy training. Counseling Psychology Quarterly, 26, 190-207. doi: 10.1080/09515070.2013.793451.

Pieterse, A. L., Todd, N. R., Neville, H. A., & Carter, R. T. (2012). Perceived racism and mental health among Black American adults: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59, 1-9. doi: 10.1037/a0026208.

Pieterse, A. L., Hanus, A., & Gale, M. (2012). Advocacy and Prevention: Dismantling Systems of Oppression In E. Vera (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology (pp. 109-124). Oxford Press: New York, NY.

Pieterse, A. L., Howitt, D., & Naidoo, A. V. (2011). Racial oppression, colonization and self- efficacy: Towards an empowerment model for individuals of African heritage. In E. Mpofu (Ed.). Counseling People of African Ancestry (pp. 93-108), London, UK: Cambridge Publications.

Williams III, O., Pieterse, A. L., DeLoach, C., Bolden, M. A., Ball, J., & Awadalla, S. (2010). Beyond health disparities: examining power disparities and industrial complexes from the view of Franz Fanon. Journal of Pan African Studies, 3(8), 151-178.

Pieterse, A. L., Carter, R. T., Evans, S. A., & Walter, R (2010). An Exploratory Examination of the Associations Among Racial and Ethnic Discrimination, Racial Climate, and Trauma-Related Symptoms in a College Student Population Journal of Counseling Psychology, 57, 255-263.

Neville, H. A., & Pieterse, A. L. (2009). Racism, white supremacy, and resistance: Contextualizing Black American experiences. In H. A. Neville, B. N. Tynes, & S. O. Utsey (Eds.). Handbook of African American Psychology. (pp. 159-174)Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Pieterse, A. L. (2009). Teaching anti-racism in counselor training: Reflections on a course. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 37, 141-152.

Pieterse, A. L., Evans, S A., Collins, N. M., A., Risner-Butner, & Mason, L. B. (2009). Multicultural and social justice training in counseling psychology and counselor education: A review and analysis of a sample of course syllabi. The Counseling Psychologist, 37, 93-115.

Collins N, M. & Pieterse, A. L. (2007). Critical incident analysis based learning: An approach to training for active racial and cultural awareness. Journal of Counseling and Development, 85, 14-23.