Alexandra Michaela Burgess

Postdoctoral Fellow of Psychology

Alexandra Burgess

Contact & Office Hours

In the office on Fridays, meetings by appointment.

Bass Hall 303



Ph.D., M.A., University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa

A.B., Smith College


Alexandra Burgess is a postdoctoral fellow of psychology at Smith. Her research focuses on two disparate but related areas. First, she investigates aspects of internalizing psychopathology in youth, including anxiety, depression, perfectionism and temperament. She focuses on cross-cultural topics related to the measurement and experience of psychopathology. She evaluates the social, emotional and cognitive correlates of psychopathology in an effort to clarify appropriate assessment practices and treatment targets for youth with internalizing psychopathology. Second, Burgess studies the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatment practices for children. She is interested in the ways in which therapist training and characteristics, such as attitudes and social influences, impact treatment planning for children.

Selected Publications

Burgess, A. M., Dibartolo, P. M., & Rendón, M. J. (in press). Can the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale Assess Perfeccionismo? Psychological Assessment.

Burgess, A. M., Chang, J., Nakamura, B. J., Izmirian, S. C., & Okamura, K. H. (in press). Evidence-Based Practice Implementation within a Theory of Planned Behavior Framework. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. doi: 10.1007/s11414-016-9523-x

Burgess, A. M. Frost, R. O., & DiBartolo, P. M. (in press). Development and Validation of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale-Brief. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

Burgess, A. M., Okamura, K. H., Izmirian, S. C., Higa-McMillan, C. K., Shimabukuro, S., & Nakamura, B. J. (2016). Therapist Attitudes Towards Evidence-Based Practice: A Joint Factor Analysis. Journal of Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. doi:10.1007/s11414-016-9517-8

 Burgess, A. M. & DiBartolo, P. M. (2016). Anxiety and Perfectionism: Relationships, Mechanisms, and Conditions. In F. M. Sirois & D. Molnar (Eds.), Perfectionism, Health and Well-Being. (pp. 177-203). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-18582-8_8

Selbo-Bruns, A., Floyd, F., & Haynes, S. (2015).  Scale Development. In Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology (5th ed.)

Burgess, A. M., & Nakamura, B. J. (2014). An Evaluation of Tripartite Relationships and Moderators within a Large, Multi-Ethnic, Clinical Sample of Youth. Journal of  Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 36(1), 124-135.

Nakamura, B. J., Selbo-Bruns, A., Okamura, K., Chang, J., Slavin, L., & Shimabukuro, S. (2014). Developing a systematic evaluation approach for training programs within a train-the-trainer model for youth cognitive behavior therapy. Behaviour Research And Therapy, 53, 10-19.

Selbo-Bruns, A., Nakamura, B. J., Higa-McMillan, C., Hayashi, K., & Chorpita, B. (2012). A Multi-informant Multi-Measure Approach to the Two-Factor Model of Emotion with Youth. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 34(4), 520-530.

Frost, R. O., Tolin, D. F., Steketee, G., Fitch, K. E., & Selbo-Bruns, A. (2009). Excessive acquisition in hoarding. Journal of Anxiety Disorders23, 632-639.