Aleja is pursuing her PhD as a first year graduate student at the University of Denver. Her research interests include exploring how culturally unique experiences impact African American couples. Aleja is currently working on her Master's thesis which will focus on how negative marital attitudes impact dating decisions and relationship satisfaction. Originally from Atlanta, Aleja received her B.S. in psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 2010. Following her undergraduate graduation, Aleja spent a year volunteering in Senegal which inspired her future goals to apply a global perspective to the advancement of research on African American couples.