Alicia Alvarez

Alicia is a first-year student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Boston College. Alicia earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wheaton College and her Master’s in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Alicia’s prior research experience include a cross-cultural study that investigated the factors that contribute to body image dissatisfaction amongst Native-Dominican and Dominican-American female adolescents. In addition, Alicia participated in research groups in which she assisted two faculty members at Wheaton College in the process of writing a textbook on Multicultural Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Alicia spent the last 3.5 years working as an In-Home Mental Health Clinician in the Massachusetts area addressing the needs of underserved populations as well as supporting family in developing protective factors and skills to navigate daily challenges. 

Alicia’s research interest include: the development of body image dissatisfaction amongst female minority adolescents, intersectionality of multiple identities, the impact of acculturation on mental health and effective interventions to support children at-risk of being removed from home.

In her free time Alicia enjoys traveling, hiking, watching movies and documentaries.