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Alisha Ali

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology (On Leave Fall 2019)

Applied Psychology

(212) 998-5222

Alisha Ali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. Her research focuses on the mental health effects of oppression including violence, racism, discrimination and trauma. She has examined depression and its psychosocial correlates across a range of disadvantaged populations including trauma survivors, poverty transition program clients, psychiatric outpatient samples, and immigrant/refugee women. Her current projects are investigating empowerment-based and arts-based programs for domestic violence survivors, low-income high school students, and military veterans. She is co-editor (with Dana Crowley Jack) of the book Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World (Oxford University Press), and co-editor (with Niobe Way, Carol Gilligan & Pedro Noguera) of the book The Crisis of Connection (NYU Press).

Selected Publications

  • Ali, A., & Haen, C. (Guest Editors). Special Issue on Arts and the Military. The Arts in Psychotherapy.
  • Ali, A., Wolfert, S., & Homer, B. D. (in preparation). Simulation, imagination, and recovery from trauma: Theatre as a treatment for posttraumatic stress and depression in military veterans. In Sajnani, N. (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Drama, Theatre, Improvisation and Wellbeing. Oxford University Press.
  • Ali, A., & Sichel, C. E. (in press). Radicalizing advocacy in service settings: Using structural competency to address tensions between social action and psychological practice. Psychological Services.
  • Ali, A., Wolfert, S., & Homer, B. D. (2019). In the service of science: Veteran-led research in the investigation of a theatre-based PTSD treatment. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 1-19.
  • Ail, A., & Wolfert, S. (2019). Treating trauma through the imagination: Therapeutic effects of simulation and mimetic induction. In L. Green (Ed.), Mutual Aid, Peer Support, and Other Radical Models of Mental Health. North Atlantic Books.
  • Ali, A., & Haen, C. (2019). Creative arts therapies and the military: Integrating research and practice in the service of active duty members and veterans. The Arts in Psychotherapy.
  • Ali, A., Wolfert, S., Fahmy, P., Nayyar, M., & Chaudhry, A. (2019). The therapeutic effects of imagination: Investigating mimetic induction and dramatic simulation in a trauma treatment for military veterans (in press). The Arts in Psychotherapy.


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