Alexandra Wimberly

Alexandra Wimberly HeadshotAlexandra Wimberly, Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

Room: 5E26
Wimberly CV

Mailing Information:
School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Alexandra researches interventions for individuals with substance use problems and associated challenges such as criminal justice involvement and HIV risk. She is interested in complementary health approaches to improve stress coping as a pathway to reduced substance use. For example, she designed and implemented an RCT testing the effect of a yoga intervention on stress, substance use and HIV outcomes for individuals in reentry from prison or jail. Alexandra also researches interventions that recognize the chronic nature of substance use disorders, particularly continuing care.


Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
M.P.H. Harvard University
M.S.W. Simmons College Social Work

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Complementary health approaches for stress coping and substance use problems, including yoga and mindfulness meditation
  • Stress and substance use
  • Substance use and HIV interventions for people with criminal justice involvement
  • Continuing care for substance use


2015             University of Pennsylvania Excellence in Teaching Award for Non-standing Faculty

                    Awarded in recognition of excellence in teaching and mentoring

2014             University of Pennsylvania Hal Levin Award

                    Awarded to a meritorious PhD student in Social Welfare

2013            University of Pennsylvania Heyer Foundation Fellowship

                   Awarded for academic standing and interest in school and  community