Alexus Hamilton

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Couple and Family Therapy, University of Iowa, 2023
  • Master, Marriage and Family Therapy, Abilene Christian University, 2019
  • Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University, 2015

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Strengthening supports for Black therapists
  • Exploring factors related to the retention and attrition of Black therapists

Selected Publications

Selected Articles

  • Reed-Fitzke, K., LeardMann, C. A., Wojciak, A. S., Ferraro, A. J., Hamilton, A., Duncan, J. M., & Rull, R. P.. "Identifying at-risk marines: A person-centered approach to adverse childhood experiences, mental health, and social support." Journal of Affective Disorders Vol. 325, 2023: 721–731.
  • Reed-Fitzke, K., Ferraro, A. J., Duncan, J. M., Wojciak, A. S., Hamilton, A., & Pippert, H. D.. "Resilience in Army STARRS: Evaluating psychometrics of a multi-dimensional resilience measure." Military Psychology Vol. Advance online publication, 2022: 1–8.
  • Hamilton, A., Duncan, J. M., & Reed-Fitzke, K.. "CFLEs are more equipped than they realize to help military families cope with unique stressors." CFLE Network Vol. 33.3, 2020: 14-20.


  • Best Poster Award, Intervention Research in Systemic Family Therapy Annual Conference 2022
  • Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellow 2022
  • Clinical Excellence Award – Theory and Cultural Responsivity, UI 2022
  • Thesis of the Year, ACU 2019

Professional Memberships/Organizations

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • National Counsel on Family Relations (NCFR)
  • Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (TAMFT)


Dr. Alexus Hamilton (she/her) is a systemic mental health therapist who primarily works with Black individuals, couples, and families struggling with stressors related to systemic racism, discrimination, and oppression. She graduated with her doctoral degree in 2023 from the University of Iowa. While there, she volunteered at the LGBTQ Counseling Clinic where she provided ongoing therapy and letters of support for gender affirming care. In addition to her clinical work, she is building a program of research around strengthening supports for Black clinicians by exploring factors related to their retention and attrition. She is dedicated to supporting therapists in training on their journey to becoming culturally responsive therapists.