Clinical Psychology PhD Students

Alex Buscaglia

Alex Buscaglia

Graduate Clinical Psychology Student

Home Department: Psychology

Current Position


Research Assistant - UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

Clinical Psychology Trainee - CSKT Tribal Defender's Office


Graduate Clinical Intern - UM Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC)


Past courses taught:

PSYX 348: Psychology of Family Violence

PSYX 270: Psychology of Learning

PSYX 120: Introduction to Research Methods (Online)

Personal Summary

Alex is a fifth year clinical psychology doctoral student working as a research assistant for the UM Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities under Dr. Annie Glover on a DPHHS-funded statewide Rape Prevention Education (RPE) project and other Maternal Obstetrics and Maternal Support (MOMS) grant-funded projects. She also works as a research assistant for the Intimate Partner and Dating Violence Research Lab which implements the Campus Climate Survey under Dr. Christine Fiore and Dr. Ali Pepper. Alex’s current research interests include trauma-informed practices, identity-based harm, relationship violence, and sexual assault policy change on college campuses. Her master’s thesis focused on the influence of communication style and sexism in dating interactions, and her dissertation examines rape myth acceptance and beliefs about false allegations of sexual violence. Clinically, Alex has worked with incarcerated adults as well as survivors of relationship violence and sexual assault, and her current practicum placement is with the CSKT Tribal Defender's Office in Pablo, MT, where she provides therapy and psychological assessment services to Tribal members who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. In all of her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, up-cycling old furniture, and admiring the beautiful Montana views.


M.A. Clinical Psychology, Western Kentucky University, 2017

B.A. Psychology, University of Rochester, 2014

Field of Study

Clinical Psychology