Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, UMass-Boston (candidate)
M.S., Mental Health Counseling, UMass-Boston
B.A., Psychology, Boston College
Aleksandra Plocha’s primary research area has focused on the intersection of three domains that are salient to college students: the developmental period of emerging adulthood, bereavement among college students and resilience. She is interested in examining how current operationalized definitions of resilience and available grief discourse impact the bereavement process, with the goal of better supporting students who have experienced the death of a loved one. Her other research interests include female adolescent sexuality, ethical considerations of sex education for vulnerable populations, health psychology and postcrisis community resilience.