Alex L. Pieterse

Alex L. Pieterse
Associate Professor & Doctoral Training Director, Counseling Psychology
Educational & Counseling Psychology


Catskill 213

PhD, Columbia University

Alex L. Pieterse headshot

Currently the director of doctoral training, Dr. Pieterse conducts research 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. Dr. Pieterse is an associate editor for 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.

Teaching:  Pre-practicum, practicum, assessment, psychopathology

Research:  Racism, racial identity and health; race-related aspects of counseling psychology training; anti-racism advocacy; self-awareness and the psychotherapy process


Gale, M., Pieterse, A. L., Lee, D., M., Huynh, K., Powell, S., & Kirkinis, K. (in press). A Meta-Analysis of the Relationship between Internalized Racial Oppression and Health-Related Outcomes. The Counseling Psychologist.

Katherine Kirkinis, Alex L. Pieterse, Christina Martin, Alex Agiliga & Amanda Brownell (2018): Racism, racial discrimination, and trauma: a systematic review of the social science literature. Ethnicity & Health, DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2018.1514453

Melanie M. Lantz, Alex L. Pieterse & Terrill O. Taylor (2018): A social dominance theory perspective on multicultural competence. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/09515070.2018.1500352

Pieterse, A. L. (2018). Attending to racial trauma in clinical supervision: Enhancing client and supervisee outcomes. The Clinical Supervisor, 37, 204-220, DOI: 10.1080/07325223.2018.1443304

Carter, R. T., Muchow, C., & Pieterse, A. L. (2018). Construct, predictive validity, and measurement equivalence of the Race-Based Traumatic Stress Symptom Scale for Black Americans. Traumatology, 24(1), 8-16.

Pieterse, A. L., Nicolas, A. I., & Monachino, C (2017). Examining the Factor Structure of the Perceived Ethnic Discrimination Questionnaire in an Australian University Student Sample. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 10, 97-107.

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.