Alessandra is a medical anthropologist and social worker. She received her doctorate from the University of Toronto, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal.
Engaged in research and clinical work in immigrant and refugee mental health, she advocates the use of official interpreters in clinical encounters. Since 2014, she is part of the first-episode of psychosis clinic at the Jewish General Hospital. Her research and clinical interests are trauma, psychosis, holistic approach to mental health, As a certified yoga instructor, she teaches yoga and mindfulness to people suffering of mental health in institutions and communities. Alessandra enjoys the solitude of the mountains and the recharging energy of the seaside.