Postdoc of the Month

Featured Postdoc of the Month

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs would like to recognize the diversity of our postdoctoral population and highlight their research.  In an effort to raise awareness of our postdocs at Rutgers and build a stronger sense of community, each month we will feature the Postdoc of the Month, on both our website and the weekly newsletter with the hope of inspiring others to share their stories and research with us.

April 2018 | Dr. Alexander Alperin, Postdoc of the Month

Alexander Alperin

Quick Facts:

Campus Affiliation:  New Brunswick
Department: Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Languages: English
Hobbies: Working out, hiking, and film



Tell us about your research. What motivates you to do the work you do?

Under an IES grant, my project’s goal is the evaluation of the impact of a behavioral coaching approach in helping educational paraprofessionals to implement research-based interventions with students with or who are at risk of developing externalizing behavior disorders. This is the first project that attempts to rigorously investigate the effectiveness of this approach with paraprofessionals and its impact on students with challenging behaviors. What I am most excited about is that through the provision of behavioral coaching I am able to work directly with paraprofessionals and see the positive effect that my work has on them and their students. 


What made you choose Rutgers as the institution for your postdoctoral training?

Having received my doctorate (Psy.D.) in school psychology from Rutgers last year, I have very positive feelings towards Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). However, what ultimately led to my choosing Rutgers for my postdoctoral training was the opportunity to continue working with Dr. Linda Reddy, a professor and mentor of mine while at GSAPP. 


What are your future career goals?

I would like to continue to conduct research in different areas of school psychology and eventually get a full-time teaching position. I also currently conduct psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and groups at a clinic in north jersey. I would like to eventually develop a private psychotherapy practice with adults and adolescents and continue to help my clients achieve their goals and find fulfillment and satisfaction in their lives.


 What is your most recent professional accomplishment?

Last May, I received the Robert D. Weitz Award for being an Outstanding Doctoral Candidate. As a postdoctoral associate, I have guest lectured at GSAPP several times. I have recently co-authored two publications, which were submitted to journals- Contemporary School Psychology and Psychology in the Schools. Next September, I will be teaching a course on human development at GSAPP. 


If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?

Any place where the culture is different from our own (Japan, India, etc.).