Alicia is a professor of psychology at Misericordia University. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on classroom interventions to reduce stereotypes and prejudice, fear of failure and motivation in college students, and factors that promote and hinder students’ adjustment to college.
Alicia is the creator of The Voices Project and The Voices Project: Disability (Electric City/Diamond City Best Theatrical Performance award), a narrative-based, stigma-reduction classroom assignment. The Voices Project: Mental Health was performed at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in NYC (#MUVoicesProject) and was broadcast on PBS as a documentary. The Voices Project has won several awards for its efficacy in reducing racism and mental health stigma in college students including the Society for the Psychology Study of Social Issues Innovative Teaching Award and the Social Psychology Network Action Teaching Award. Alicia believes in the power of stories to reduce stigma and prejudice, a message that she spread through her TEDxLancaster talk on the “Fallacy of Normal and Beauty of Difference”. She is passionate about teaching, social justice, theater, and making a difference in the lives of others.