Alexandra Kriofske Mainella, Ph.D.

Alexandra Kriofske Mainella
Alexandra Kriofske Mainella, Ph.D.Marquette University

Schroeder Complex

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414)288-7780
Curriculum Vitae

Clinical Assistant Professor

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., Marquette University
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Research Interests

My research interests are on sexuality and sexual health education for people with disabilities. I am interested in the experience of sexual health education for individuals with a variety of different disabilities as well as how sexual heath is affected by disability.  I have researched sexual health education for individuals with spina bifida and cerebral palsy and its impact on their sexual health knowledge, sexual self-concept and subjective well-being. I hope to expand upon this research at Marquette University.

Publications

Johnson, E. J., Chan, F., Kaseroff, A., Kriofske Mainella, A., Flowers, S., Morrison, B., Sung, C., Catalano, D. & Iwanaga, K. (2017).  Psychosocial mechanisms explaining the association between spirituality and happiness in individuals with spinal cord injuries. Journal of Rehabilitation, 83(4), 34-42.

Kriofske Mainella, A.M. (2015). Public policy and sexuality education for youth with disabilities: Impact on sexual behavior and outcomes. International journal of social, behavioral, educational, economic, business and industrial engineering, 9(2), 458-463.

Phillips, B. N., Reyes, A., Kriofske Mainella, A. M., Kesselmayer, R. F., & Jacobson, J. D. (2018). A needs driven model of workplace social effectiveness in adults with disabilities.  Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 1-13. DOI: 10.1177/003-43 522 177476/690.

Sharp, S., Thompson, K., Friefeld, R., & Kriofske, Mainella, A. (2017). Investigating disability advocacy: An exploratory factor analysis of the Disability Advocacy Inventory.  Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association41(2), 23-40. 

Invited Book Chapters

Kriofske Mainella, A. M. & Smedema, S. M. (2019). Coping and adaptation to disability. In Disability: Social Psychological Perspectives. Oxford University Press: Academy of Rehabilitation Psychology Series.

Honors and Awards

Paul Lustig Memorial Scholarship (2018-2019)

Milwaukee Business Journal, 40 under 40 (2013)

Vera Institute of Justice National Roundtable: Sexual abuse of children with disabilities (2012)

Distinguished Youth Service Provider of the Year Award, Wisconsin Statewide Transition Initiative (2012)

Presentations

Kriofske Mainella, A. M. & Smedema, S. M. (2018, March). Higher order positivity variables and suicide risk in at-risk African Americans. Accepted presentation at the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Anaheim, CA.

Phillips, B. N., Reyes, A., Kriofske Mainella, A. M., Kesselmayer, R. F., & Jacobson, J. D. (2018, March).  A needs driven model of workplace social effectiveness in adults with disabilities. Accepted poster presentation at the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Anaheim, CA.

Kriofske Mainella, A.M. (2015, February). Public policy and sexuality education for youth with disabilities: Impact on sexual behavior and outcomes. Presentation presented at the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, London, England, United Kingdom.

Kriofske Mainella, A.M. (2014, October). Sex is an independent living skill. Presentation presented at the Association on Programs of Rural Independent Living. Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Kriofske Mainella, A.M. (2014, July). Sex is an independent living skill. Presentation presented at the National Council of Independent Living Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. United States.

Kriofske Mainella, A.M. (2013, July). Sex is an independent living skill. Presentation presented at the National Council of Independent Living Annual Conference. Washington, D.C., United States.

Lectures

Kriofske Mainella, A.M. (2017, February). Sexuality, disability, and consent. Lecture taught at Madison Area Technical College Human Sexuality and Psychology course. Madison, W.I., United States.

Kriofske Mainella, A.M. (2017, March). Sexuality and disability. Lecture taught at Marquette University Human Sexuality and Psychology course. Milwaukee, W.I., United States.

Kriofske Mainella, A.M. (2017, September). Sexual health education for rehabilitation counselors. Lecture taught at Southern University Psychosocial and Medical Aspects of Disability course.  Baton Rouge, L.A., United States

Invited presentations for National Webinars

Kriofske Mainella, A.M. (2014, September). Funding and delivering youth transition programs: One CIL’s experience with sexuality education. Webinar presented for Independent Living Research Utilization New Community Opportunities Center.

Kriofske Mainella, A.M. (2014, August). Expanding CIL capacity through youth transition services: Collaborating with school districts and vocational rehabilitation. Webinar presented for Independent Living Research Utilization, New Communities Opportunities Center.

Kriofske Mainella, A. M. (2017, August). Sex is an independent living skill: Webinar presented for the Association of Rural Independent Living Topical Trainings.