Criminal Justice Reformer

Apryl Alexander | Criminal Justice Reformer

Dr. Apryl Alexander is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She is the Director of the Forensic Institute of Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST) Outpatient Competency Restoration Program. She received the 2017 American Psychological Association’s Early Career Achievement Award. As the daughter of two Air Force veterans, she’s loved travel from an early age, and spent six years in Germany. She is a pop culture fanatic and named her Yorkie after Jax from Sons of Anarchy.



His passion, drive, and commitment to his work made his talk so hauntingly powerful.

What sparks your curiosity?

Curiosity sparks my curiosity. I’m interested in how people think and things work. Much of my research and writing is inspired by observing and wanting to understand more about it. Openness to experience drives my passion for learning, doing, and teaching.

What was the biggest change or turning point in your life, and why? Tell us a story!

Volunteering at a women’s center and crisis hotline as an undergrad. Hearing the stories of victims and survivors of trauma, made me want to be an advocate and learn how to prevent violence from occurring. I immediately switched majors from animal and poultry science to psychology–forever, life-changing.

Hobbies | Passions | Fun Facts

I’m a pop culture fanatic– reality television to Marvel movies. I have presented at Denver Comic Con the last 2 years! 2. My Yorkie Jax is named after Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy. 3. It’s cliche, but travel is a passion of mine. Both of my parents are Air Force veterans and I was able to spend 6 years living in Germany and traveling to different places.