Dr. Alice LoCicero Biographical Sketch

Dr. Alice LoCicero is a board certified clinical psychologist. Her outlook on psychology was informed by her early career experiences working in community health and mental health agencies, where individual, family, social, and community concerns are all understood to be relevant to an integrated care model. Throughout her career, she has brought this perspective to her scholarship, her advocacy, and her clinical work. Dr. LoCicero’s academic work began with her appointment as a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Her present position is visiting scholar at the Wright Institute, in Berkeley, California. 

A contributor to several versions of the classic women’s health book Our Bodies Ourselves, Dr.LoCicero published papers in peer-reviewed journals about women’s experiences as mothers. 

In her recent scholarship, Dr. LoCicero has addressed some vexing problems, including youth recruitment to violence. She has written two books and given several keynote addresses on the subject of children being recruited to groups using terrorist tactics, proposing solutions to these concerns that do not involve police or government intervention.  A founding member and past president of the Society for Terrorism Research, she has collaborated with colleagues to address population-wide fear of future terrorism. 

Beginning in 1990, Dr. LoCicero has been dedicated to helping create a more inclusive psychology. She was a faculty member at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical School for six years, and has written on the need to respect the different views of psychology that may arise based on on the different life experiences of mainstream students and professionals, as compared with those of students and professionals from an underrepresented group. 

Dr. LoCicero has done a pro bono work with asylum seekers, with survivors and family members of survivors of large scale disasters, as well as smaller scale workplace and school crises. Most recently, she worked onsite with other providers of emotional and spiritual support to water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. A firm believer in being open to new data that may require changing theories and approaches, Dr. LoCicero anticipates a major paradigm shift in clinical psychology as indigenous people and other underrepresented groups collaborate with psychologists to formulate culturally appropriate care.