Alexandra Verbillis-Kolp

Adjunct Faculty

PSU History

Adjunct Faculty teaching masters level courses on campus: human development across the lifespan, and online: advocacy and empowerment. For 6 years, served as field instructor for students in the Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations, Children Youth and Families, and Clinical Concentrations. Previous teaching of focus groups, and cultural responsive evaluation for the Non-Profit Institute at the Hatfield School of Government at PSU.


Licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience with U.S. refugee programs, trauma and torture treatment, human trafficking, mental health, immigration, and social services, with a masters in Social Work, with certificates in International Development and Policy and Forced Migration Studies. She has a 20-year career devoted to health and human rights with extensive field experience developing curricula, screening to care models for refugees and piloting interventions. Serves as a subject matter expert on refugee trauma and consults with humanitarian organizations supporting skill development, task-sharing among community health workers and supporting trauma informed self-care support for frontline workers. She engages in research and evaluation of programs and frequently lectures on psychosocial interventions.

Academic/Research Interests

Community based mental health and psychosocial support of conflict affected populations, refugee healing, wellbeing and integration, gender based violence, cross-cultural psychiatry and medical anthropology.

Personal Interests

Gardening, yoga, learning languages, and playing in the beautiful wild spaces of the Northwest.

  • Certificate: Forced Migration
    York University
  • MSW, Certificate in International Development and Policy
    University of Washington
  • Cultural Anthropology, Comparative Religion
    University of Oregon