Alicia Revitsky Locker

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Associate Physical Scientist
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. in neuroscience, Penn State University; B.S. in neuroscience, Allegheny College

Overview

Alicia Locker is an associate physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her interests include health and mental health in active military service members and veteran populations, retention and resiliency in service members, military family and caregiver support, social isolation and loneliness, substance use in adolescents, and substance abuse preventions programs. During her post-doctoral work at the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety/Centers for Disease Control, Locker worked to examine potential causes of and treatments for Gulf War Illness in veterans. Most recently she investigated pathways associated with cognitive symptoms of mental disorders (e.g., schizophrenia) at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Locker enjoys interdisciplinary work and using quantitative data analyses to answer new and relevant societal issues. Locker​ earned her Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University investigating nicotine and alcohol use in adolescent females.

Commentary

  • Christina Bojorquez and Kimberly Decoursey pitch a tent in their encampment next to a freeway in Los Angeles, California, October 14, 2019, photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Unaccompanied Women Become an Official Homeless Subpopulation in LA County

    Unaccompanied homeless women are more likely to be chronically homeless, to have mental illness, to have work limitations, and are older than other subgroups. LA County is now recognizing them as a subgroup in the official homeless count. And an assessment will be conducted to identify this group's unique needs.

    Nov 23, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • A woman peeks through a blind in a window, photo by lathuric/Getty Images

    After COVID-19: Prevent Homelessness Among Survivors of Domestic Abuse

    Without assistance, domestic violence survivors are more likely to be forced into homelessness. Now could be the time to invest in programs that help victims—before a second wave of COVID-19 cases pushes more families into unsafe environments.

    Jul 2, 2020 The RAND Blog