Alexa Bonacquisti


Assistant Professor

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Drexel University
MS, Psychology, Drexel University
BS, Psychology, Drexel University

Courses Taught

Data Analysis
Professional Orientation and Ethics
Human Development through the Lifespan
Biological Bases of Behavior
Intellectual Assessment
Group Psychology
Introduction to Counseling Skills

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

My teaching philosophy emphasizes interaction, collaboration, critical thinking, and contextual understanding to cultivate an appreciation and enthusiasm for psychology as a discipline and a science. I aim to create a learning environment that is interdisciplinary, engaging, and flexible, allowing students to be active participants in the learning process. My courses are discussion-based, focused on real-world applications, and strive to introduce new perspectives to facilitate students’ learning and growth.

Recent Presentations/Publications


Grunberg, V.A., Geller, P.A., Bonacquisti, A., & Patterson, C.A. (2019). NICU infant health severity and family outcomes: a systematic review of assessments and findings in psychosocial research. Journal of Perinatology, 39(2), 156-172. doi: 10.1038/s41372-018-0282-9

Geller, P.A., Posmontier, B.P., Horowitz, J.A., Bonacquisti, A. & Chiarello, L.C. (2018). Introducing Mother Baby Connections: A model of intensive perinatal mental health outpatient programming. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41(5). doi: 10.1007/s10865-018-9974-z

Bonacquisti, A., Cohen, M.J., & Schiller, C.E. (2017). Acceptance and commitment therapy for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders: Development of an inpatient group intervention. Archives of Women’s Mental Health. doi: 10.1007/s00737-017-0735-8

Geller, P.A., Bonacquisti, A., Barber, J., & Yeakel, L.H. (2017). Increasing racially and ethnically underrepresented women in medical school through an innovative program. International Journal of Medical Education, 8, 187-189. doi: 10.5116/ijme.5918.b789

Aaron, E., Bonacquisti, A., Geller, P.A. & Polansky, M.P. (2015). Perinatal depression and anxiety in women with and without HIV infection. Women’s Health Issues, 25(5), 579-585.doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2015.04.003

Bonacquisti, A., Geller, P.A. & Aaron, E. (2014). Rates and predictors of prenatal depression in women living with and without HIV. AIDS Care, 26(1), 100-106. doi:10.1080/09540121.2013.802277

Bonacquisti, A., & Geller, P.A. (2013). Condom-use intentions and the influence of partner-related barriers among women at risk for HIV. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(23-34), 3328-3336. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12101

Book Chapters

Geller, P.A., Bonacquisti, A. & Patterson, C.A. (2018). Maternal experience of neonatal intensive care unit hospitalization: trauma exposure and psychosocial responses. In M.Muzik & K.L. Rosenblum (Eds.), Motherhood in the Face of Trauma: Pathways of Healing and Growth. Springer.

Geller, P.A. & Bonacquisti, A. (2014). Obstetric & Gynaecological Conditions. In T.Hadjistavropoulos (Ed.), Fundamentals of Health Psychology. Oxford University Press.

Awards and Honors

2019 Instructional Resource Award (Division 22, American Psychological Association)

2015 Graduate Research Award, Humanities and Social Sciences, Drexel University Research Day

Additional Info

Research Interests

My program of research is focused on women’s reproductive health psychology and perinatal mental health. Primarily, I investigate the physical and mental health outcomes that occur in the context of reproductive functioning, with an emphasis on psychological responses to adverse reproductive events (e.g., infant admission to a neonatal intensive care unit, infertility, pregnancy loss). I am also interested in developing and evaluating innovative treatments for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania

Alexa Bonacquisti
Office: NWT 208
Phone: 267-341-4005