Alex was the recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s 2021 Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Education Dissertation Award for her ethnographic case study of an inclusive, bilingual Universal Pre-Kindergarten Classroom in a psychoanalytically-informed Community-Based Organization in Washington, D.C. In addition to the AERA conference, Alex has presented research at the international Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education, the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Education, and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society conferences.
Alex has developed a nationwide reputation for preparing inclusive practitioners across disciplines with knowledge around Disability Studies and psychotherapeutic practices. She has been invited to speak at the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN) on addressing disproportionality in inclusive early childhood settings. Alex has served as an invited guest lecturer at Montclair University, University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Special Education, Penn State’s School of Visual Arts, and Utah State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Sciences. She has twice been invited to speak to students in Weber State University’s Office of Academic Affairs Integrated Studies Department about interdisciplinary, critical approaches in anthropology and early childhood education.