Aleksa received her PhD in clinical psychology from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in Germany in 2019. During her PhD, she joined the University of California as a Fulbright funded visiting graduate student. She completed her clinical internship at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of University Medical Center Mainz and the Outpatient Clinic of the Johannes Gutenberg-University, both in 2019. Before coming to the PPOL she started an individual postdoctoral fellowship at the German Resilience Center.
Her work focusses on how our close relationships affect the ways we cope with stressful events and how these processes are impacted by individual differences and psychopathology in general and Borderline Personality Disorder in particular. She studies adjustment processes in close relationships and psychopathology in a diverse range of patterns of behavior, emotion, and (neuro)physiology and is interested in statistical methods for analyzing intensive longitudinal data.