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Alexandra Schepens Wimberly, PhD, MSW, MPH

  • Graduate, PhD in Social Welfare

  • Lecturer, MSW Program

Cohort: 2012-2013

Advisor: Dr. James McKay

Dissertation: A Yoga Intervention for Substance Use and Stress for Returning Citizens

Research Interests

Substance Use

Criminal Justice

As a substance use and criminal justice researcher, Alexandra focuses on the development of interventions and policies that improve the health and well-being of people in the criminal justice system. Most recently, she implemented a study looking at the effects of a yoga intervention on substance use, stress and HIV medication adherence for returning citizens with HIV and substance use problems. Her research is informed by professional experiences as a mental health clinician in a county jail and work as a behavioral health policy analyst in the criminal justice system.

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