Alex’s focus in the HDE Lab was studying the efficacy of expressive therapies for refugees. Expressive therapies include art therapy, music therapy, and psychodrama (to name a few). Alex reviewed all of the literature on expressive therapies with refugees that used quantitative measurements to track participants’ mental health. He then wrote a literature review summarizing those findings and presented them at multiple conferences.
In addition to his research on expressive therapies for refugees, Alex connected with local agencies working with the refugee population in Boise. At one agency, he assisted with a psychodrama play that involved refugees from the area. This play was then performed for the public at a community dinner supporting refugees. He also volunteered at an agency that provided English-language classes to refugees who were newcomers to the United States. At this agency, he assisted teachers by providing one-on-one support to refugees who were attending the classes.
Highlighted Works in the HDE Lab:
Beers, A. & Masarik, A. S. (April 16, 2018). An illustrative review of expressive therapies for refugee populations. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference in Boise, ID.
Beers, A. & Masarik, A. S. (April 14, 2018). An illustrative review of expressive therapies for refugee populations. Poster presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Annual Convention in Denver, CO.