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2021 Alexander Prize

The Alexander Prize is named for former UT president and now US Senator Lamar Alexander and his wife, Honey. It recognizes superior teaching and distinguished scholarship.

Kristina Gordon

A black and white photograph of a smiling woman wearing a sweater and standing casually with arms crossedKristina Gordon is a professor in the Department of Psychology. She is a past-president and fellow of the APA Society for Couple and Family Psychology and serves on the editorial board for three family journals. She helps run a community non-profit, Healthy Connections, and maintains a small private practice.

What does being a Volunteer mean to you? How has UT empowered you to make a difference in a way you might not have imagined elsewhere?

The UT Psychology Department has been enormously supportive of my work since Day 1. They have encouraged me to follow my own unique path and I think this freedom to take creative risks is responsible for my academic success.

Most recently, this support has allowed me to develop an ambitious collaboration between UT, local churches, and community partners to deliver empirically supported relationship education to community couples, which has received funding from the Templeton Foundation. The community support for partnering with UT has been amazing and I am excited to see where this project will lead us.