Postdoctoral Scholar
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 
University of Pittsburgh

3213 Sennott Square
210 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
kaurinaleksandra [AT] pitt [DOT] edu

I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh and a licensed Clinical Psychologist.

In my research, I focus on how close relationships affect the ways we cope with stressful events and how these processes are impacted by individual differences and psychopathology. I am specifically interested in socio-affective processes associated with suicidal ideation and self-harm, and how real-time monitoring techniques can be used to provide precise and – potentially – personalized predictions of risk and resilience. I study those processes in a diverse range of patterns of behavior, emotion, and (neuro)physiology, how they change during critical transitions in our development such as adolescence, and am interested in statistical methods for analyzing intensive longitudinal data.

I completed my clinical internship at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of University Medical Center Mainz and the Outpatient Clinic of the Johannes Gutenberg-University in 2019. Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh I started an individual postdoctoral fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research.

I am committed to promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging in research, academia, clinical practice, and beyond. Growing up as a migrant in Germany and knowing how crucial this experience is to my understanding of the world, I believe that increasing representation of people from marginalized and historically disadvantaged backgrounds is critical for conducting ethical, comprehensive, and innovative clinical science research.


University of Pittsburgh
2019 – present         
Postdoctoral Scholar
Personality Processes and Outcomes Laboratory
PI: Dr. Aidan Wright

Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research Mainz
(2019 – present, currently on leave)      
Postdoctoral Fellow
Cognitive and Behavioral Mechanisms of Resilience Area

Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
(2015 – 2019)
PhD in Clinical Psychology
summa cum laude
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
(2019 – present)
Additional Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy