Alex L. Pieterse

Associate Professor
Doctoral Training Director

Ph.D. Columbia University

Phone: (518) 437-4423
Fax: (518) 442-4953

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. (in press). Racialized Perspectives on the Prison Industrial Complex. In. E. L. Short., & L. Wilton (Eds.), Talking about Structural Inequalities in Everyday Life: New Politics of Race in Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems. New York, NY: Information Age Publishing.

Pieterse, A. L., Lee, M., & Fetzer, A. (2016). Racial Group Membership and Multicultural Training: Examining the Experiences of Counseling and Counseling Psychology Students. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 38, 28-47. doi :10.1007/s10447-015-9254-3

Pieterse, A. L. & Powell, S. (2016). A theoretical overview of the impact of racism on people of color. In A. Alvarez., C Liang., & H. A. Neville (Eds.), Contextualizing the costs of racism (pp. 11-30). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Pieterse, A. L., Utsey, S. O., & Miller, M. J. (2015). Development and initial validation of the anti-racism behavioral inventory (ARBI). Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 1-26. doi:10.1080/09515070.2015.1101534

Paradies, Y., Ben, J., Denson, N., Elias, A., Priest, N., Pieterse A, et al. (2015) Racism as a determinant of health: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0138511. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138511

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

Pieterse, A. L., Carter, R. T., & K. A. Ray. (2013) The relationship between perceived racism, stress, and psychological functioning among Black women. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 41, 36-46. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1912.2013.00025.x

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 views 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.

Pieterse, A. L., & Carter, R. T. (2010). The role of racial identity in perceived racism and psychological stress among Black American adults: Exploring traditional and alternative approaches. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 1028-1053.

Pieterse, A. L., & Carter, R. T. (2010). An exploratory investigation of the relationship between racism, racial identity, perceptions of health, and health locus of control among American women of African descent. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 21, 334-348.

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.

Pieterse, A. L., & Carter, R. T. (2007). An examination of the relationship between general life stress, racism-related stress and psychological health among Black men. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 54, 102-109.