Alexandra Klesin

Research Assistant, Healthy Brain Network

Child Mind Institute

Alexandra Klesin is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network at the Child Mind Institute. Her responsibilities include research data collection, data management and assisting with the scoring of assessments and questionnaires.

Alexandra graduated from Mount Saint Mary College magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in philosophy. During her time as an undergrad, she interned at the Kaplan Career Academy, a school for children and adolescents (ages 12-21) who struggle with emotional and behavioral disorders. Under the supervision of the school social worker, Alexandra worked hands-on with the students, holding group therapy sessions and meditation sessions. After completing her degree, Alexandra continued working with youth, specifically children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as a part-time Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist. She created unique, safe and positive atmospheres to keep each child engaged in a program tailored to their individual needs.

Alexandra also interned as a research assistant for Dr. Valentina Hlebec and team at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Social Sciences in the Center for Welfare Studies. She assisted Dr. Hlebec’s team on an international research and innovation project called “Me-We,” which focuses on promoting the mental health and wellbeing of adolescent young carers (AYCs) and strengthening their resilience during their transition into adulthood through effective intervention plans.

Alexandra is devoted to helping youth affected by mental illnesses and learning disabilities overcome adversity and blossom in all areas of life. She wishes to pursue a combined degree in clinical and school psychology.

Education:

  • BA, Psychology, Mount Saint Mary College