Alexea Howard, MA

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Adjunct Professor and Program Administrator, Online Psychology Programs


Alexea Howard, M.A., is an independent researcher and scholar whose degrees are in Anthropology (B.A. Honors from the University of California, Los Angeles, and multi-award winning graduate scholar from California State University, Long Beach) with post-baccalaureate education in Psychology and Addiction Studies. Alexea specializes in medical and psychological anthropology and her approach to research is interdisciplinary and mixed-methods in nature, blending frameworks and methods from medical and psychological anthropology, psychology, and public health. Her current research interests include perceptions and understandings of health and illness, social determinants of health, and maternal health/mental health. 

Alexea currently serves as an assistant editor and peer review coordinator for an open-access publication through the American Anthropological Association. She also develops and teaches independent studies courses and designs research projects for community college students in California and internationally. In addition to teaching and her work with Pepperdine, Alexea serves her local community as a task force member and coordinator for an NGO focused on increasing literacy rates and enthusiasm for reading in elementary students at underserved schools in Los Angeles. She also provides support and consultation on research, evaluation, curriculum building, grant writing, and strategic initiatives for NGOs, institutions of higher education, individual researchers, and budding programs.