Alex Goldmeier

Plainview, NY

William James College

Psy.D in Clinical Psychology - Spring 2024

Alex was an athlete his entire life, playing on his golf and tennis teams in high school and skiing

and playing intramural soccer in college. Besides his love for sports, Alex has always been

passionate about psychology and the human mind. He received his B.S. in psychology from the

University of Vermont, and had multiple internships working in the field. Unfortunately, while

skiing on Presidents Day, February 19 th, 2018, Alex had a catastrophic ski accident, hitting a

tree and breaking nearly everything in his body. He sustained a subdural brain hematoma, a

shattered face, broken ribs, a broken collarbone, broken wrist, punctured lung, lacerated kidney,

and a T-4 Spinal Cord Injury leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Nevertheless, this

hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his dreams of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. He has found

that through adversity comes growth. Like many Swim with Mike scholarship recipients, Alex

went to Craig Hospital for rehabilitation, where he was recommended to apply for the SWM

scholarship. He hopes that his real-life experience and doctoral degree will allow him to make a

difference by helping others who have also experienced traumatic events.