Achu Alexander, Ph.D., M.A., M.A.

Assistant Professor
(508) 849-3440
Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, Clark University, U.S. (Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey J. Arnett)
M.A. Psychology, Clark University, U.S.
M.A. Applied Psychology, University of Delhi, India
B. Sc. Psychology, Women’s Christian College, India

Achu Johnson Alexander joined the Anna Maria community in August 2020 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Her research interests are twofold: (a) identity development of emerging adults (characterizing 18-29 years of age broadly), and (b) emerging adult student learning and development. Her mixed-methods dissertation adopted a cultural lens by focusing on the career engagement of graduating college seniors in preparation for their post-college lives in two contexts, India and U.S. Dr. Alexander has participated in several poster and paper presentations with various professional and academic organizations, such as the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, New England Psychological Association, and American Psychological Association.

Achu has experience teaching at various institutions within the Colleges of Worcester Consortium such as Clark University, Quinsigamond Community College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has volunteered with Ascentria Care Alliance and Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC) located in Worcester, MA as well as interned with Stem Learning and Research Center (STELAR) at Education Development Center, Waltham, MA.

She welcomes queries from students who are interested in conducting research under her guidance.

Courses taught at Anna Maria:
PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 210 Research And The Social World
PSY 217 Human Lifespan Development

Selected Publications:
Alexander, A. J., Khera, G. S., & Bedi, R. P. (2020). Bicultural identity and self-construal in-family among Indian American emerging adults: A mixed methods study. Journal of Adult Development. doi:10.1007/s10804-020-09356-y

Alexander, A. J. & Chauhan, V. (2020). Parents and Emerging Adults in India. In B. K. Ashdown & A. N. Faherty (Eds.), Parents and caregivers across cultures (pp. 217-230). Springer.

Alexander, A. J., Arnett, J. J., & Jena, S. P. K. (2017). Experiences of Burmese Chin refugee women: Trauma and survival from pre- to post-flight. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 6(2), 101-114.

Alexander, A. J. (2016). Legalized marijuana. In S. Moran, Ethical ripples of creativity and innovation (pp. 129-136). Palgrave Macmillan.

Selected Professional Presentations:
Alexander, A. J., & Mehta, C. (October, 2019). Understanding lived experiences in emerging adulthood: How to effectively use thematic analysis to analyze qualitative data. Paper presented at the 9th Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (October 10-12), Toronto, Canada.

Alexander, A. J., & Chauhan, V. (October, 2019). Parents as Guides or Bosses? Perceptions of Asian Indian Emerging Adults on their Career Decision-Making and Parenting Influences. Poster presented at the 9th Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (October 10-12), Toronto, Canada.

Alexander, A. J., & Arnett, J. J. (November, 2017). Negative Influences of Parents on Indian American Emerging Adults’ Achievement of Adulthood Markers. Paper presented at the 8th Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (November 2-4), Washington DC.

Alexander, A. J., & Fabos, A. (June 1, 2017). SPSSI Webinar: Fostering Refugee and Immigrant Belonging and Well-being. Society for the Psychological Study of Psychological Issues (SPSSI).