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DBHR Prevention Fellow: Alexis Schmierer

Prevention Fellow Alexis Schmierer


B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2020

Certificate: Early Childhood Education; Family Studies, Washington State University, 2020

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA

Phase 2: Port Townsend, WA

Phase 3: Quilcene, WA

About Alexis:

Alexis grew up in Odessa, Washington where she graduated in a high school class of twelve students. After high school, Alexis was accepted to and began attending Washington State University in Pullman (second generation WSU Cougar!).

While at WSU, Alexis was involved with Greek Life at Kappa Alpha Theta, worked at the WSU Children’s Center, spent time as a research assistant in the IMPACT lab, and worked remotely as a registered behavioral therapist (RBT) for children with autism at SOAR Behavioral Therapy. Prior to graduation, Alexis began working at Transitions, a transitional living facility for women experiencing homelessness.

In the future, Alexis is interested in pursuing a career in family advocacy, pursuing a masters degree in child life and becoming a child life specialist, or pursuing a career in social work. She would like to return to Pullman at some point during her professional career.

Pursuing the Prevention Fellowship:

Alexis first learned about the Prevention fellowship while working as a research assistant in the IMPACT lab as well as through conversations with her professors at WSU. She was attracted to the program after seeing a fit with her future career goals and interests. She is hoping to learn and grow during this fellowship experience as well as further discover and narrow down the areas of social services that she is truly passionate about.

Looking beyond the DBHR Prevention Fellowship:

After the fellowship, Alexis is interested in working with young children and families experiencing poverty or substance abuse. Alexis would like to be involved in the advocacy and policymaking.