Dr. Alessi’s scholarship (a) investigates the effect of minority stress on the mental health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations; (b) examines mental health practitioners’ use of LGB-affirmative practice; and (c) seeks to advance clinical practice with marginalized and oppressed populations. He uses quantitative, qualitative, and case study approaches, as well as conceptual/theoretical approaches to explore innovative ideas or suggest areas for further study. His current research uses social cognitive theory to test a conceptual model through which attitudes toward sexual minority individuals, training hours, LGB-affirmative counseling self-efficacy, and beliefs about affirmative practice is hypothesized to relate to therapist engagement in affirmative practice. He also conducts minority stress-related research – his recent study compared the prevalence of PTSD between lesbian, gay, and bisexual and heterosexual individuals. This study was unique because it examined whether acute non-traumatic events, such as ending a relationship, unemployment, miscarriage, homelessness, and separation from parents, were also associated with PTSD-like disorder. Dr. Alessi recently served as guest editor for the Clinical Social Work Journal’s first special issue on Clinical Practice with LGBTQ Populations. A clinical social worker since 2001, he has worked primarily in outpatient mental health, and has been an independent practitioner since 2004.
- Clinical Social Work I
- Clinical Social Work II
Selected Recent Publications:
Alessi, E. J. (2013). Acknowledging the impact of social forces on sexual minority clients: Introduction to the special issue on clinical practice with LGBTQ populations. Clinical Social Work Journal, 41, 223-227.
Alessi, E. J., Martin, J. I., Gyamerah, A., & Meyer, I. H. (2013). Prejudice events and traumatic stress among heterosexuals and lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22, 510-526.
Alessi, E. J. (2013, April 15). A framework for incorporating minority stress theory into treatment with sexual minority clients. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. Advance on-line publication. doi:10.1080/19359705.2013.789811.
Alessi, E. J., Meyer, I. H., & Martin, J. I. (2013). PTSD and sexual orientation: An examination of criterion A1 and non-Criterion A1 events. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5, 149-157.
Martin, J. I., & Alessi, E. J. (2012). Victimization in a nationwide Internet sample of gay and bisexual men. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 24, 260-273.
Martin, J. I., & Alessi, E. J. (2010). Stressful events, avoidance coping, and unprotected anal sex among gay and bisexual men. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80, 293-301.
Alessi, E. J., & Martin, J. I. (2010). Conducting an Internet-based survey: Benefits, pitfalls, and lessons learned. Social Work Research, 34, 122-128.