Co-Chair, US Regional Network
Dr. Alessi’s research aims to improve (a) understanding of stress and trauma among sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations, and (b) enhance clinical practice with SGM and other marginalized populations. In June 2017, he was named Rutgers Chancellor’s Scholar, an award created to support faculty excellence at the Associate Professor level. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of Traumatic Stress, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Psychotherapy, and Psychotherapy Research. Dr. Alessi’s current projects examine how traumatic stress among SGM migrants (immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers) intersects with psychosocial and structural issues in the host country to impact health and mental health outcomes. Additionally, he is focused on developing community-based interventions to buffer the negative effects of integration-related stressors on SGM migrants’ health and mental health. He has led studies in the United States, Canada, the European Union, and is currently conducting research in South Africa. He served as guest editor for the Clinical Social Work Journal’s first special issue on Clinical Practice with LGBTQ Populations. Dr. Alessi has also been recognized for his teaching. He was awarded the Rutgers University Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2017. In addition, he received the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award four years in a row (2013-16). A clinical social worker since 2001, he has worked primarily in outpatient mental health and has been an independent practitioner since 2004.