Faculty Directory

Alex L. Pieterse

Director, Institute for the Study of Race and Culture

Associate Professor


CDEP Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology


Dr. Pieterse an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Educational and Developmental Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Pieterse’s scholarship focuses on psychosocial aspects of race and racism, racial trauma, and anti-racism training and self-awareness. He is a prior recipient of a NIH – Health Disparities Grant. Dr Pieterse is currently an Associate Editor for The Counseling Psychologist. Dr. Pieterse is a Licensed Psychologist and has experience as a Racial Diversity Consultant.


  • Pieterse, A. L., Austin, C. L., Nicolas, A. I., Martin, C., Agiliga, A., & Kirkinis, K.(2023). Essential elements for working with racial trauma: A guide for healthservice psychologists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 54(3),213–220. https://doi.org/10.1037/pro0000512
  • Pieterse, A. L., Lewis, J. A., & Miller, M. J. (2023). Dismantling and eradicating anti-Blackness and systemic racism.Journal of Counseling Psychology, 70(3), 235–243. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000660
  • Pieterse, A. L., Roberson, K. L., Garcia, R., & Carter, R. T. (2022). Racial discrimination and trauma symptoms: Further support for the Race-BasedTraumatic Stress Symptom Scale. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000544
  • Kirkinis, K., Pieterse, A. L., Martin, C., Agiliga, A., & Brownell, A. (2021). Racism, racial discrimination, and trauma: A systematic review of the social science literature. Ethnicity & health, 26(3), 392-412.
  • Carter, R. T., & Pieterse, A. L. (2020). Measuring the effects of racism: Guidelines for the assessment and treatment of race-based traumatic stress. New York, NY: Columbia University Press: New York
  • Gale, M., Pieterse, A. L., Lee, D., M., Huynh, K., Powell, S., & Kirkinis, K. (2020). A Meta-Analysis of the Relationship between Internalized Racial Oppression and Health-Related Outcomes. The Counseling Psychologist, 48 (4), 498-525. doi.org/10.1177/0011000020904454
  • 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
  • Pieterse, A. L., & Powell, S. (2016). A theoretical overview of the impact of racism on people of color. In A. N. Alvarez, C.T.H. Liang & H.A. Neville, (Eds.), The Cost of Racism for People of Color (pp. 11-30). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

  • 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, 26-47. doi :10.1007/s10447-015-9254-3

  • Pieterse, A. L., Utsey, S. O., & Miller, M. J. (2016). Development and initial validation of the anti-racism behavioral inventory (ARBI). Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29(4), 356-381.


  • Pieterse, A. L. (2021, October). Engaging Racial Diversity in Clinical Practice: Moving from Fear to Freedom. Keynote Address – New York Psychological Association Annual Convention
  • Pieterse, A. L. (2021, May). Working with Difference in the Supervisory Relationship: A Focus on Race., Association of Clinical Psychologists – United Kingdom (UK)
  • Pieterse, A. L (2021, February). Clinical Considerations for Racial Trauma: Assessment, Intervention and Prevention. American Psychological Association Professional Development Training Institute, Washington DC.
  • Pieterse, A. L. (2020, December). Understanding and Addressing Psychological Impacts of Racism. – California Psychological Association
  • Pieterse, A. L. (2020, October). Effects of Racism and Racial Trauma on Health Providers. CHOC Conference, Orange County, CA.
  • Pieterse, A. L. (2020, July). Racial Trauma and Supervision: Critical Considerations. International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision. Held Virtually