Alicia Revitsky Locker

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Associate Physical Scientist
Pittsburgh Office


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


Alicia Locker is an associate physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. Locker’s 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, military readiness, social isolation and loneliness, women's heath and family health, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and elder abuse.
Recently, Locker has been working on Solider and Family Readiness, traumatic brain injury in veterans, JROTC, solider performance and human readiness, and FVL work. Locker has been working on pushing research on intimate partner violence, domestic conflict, elder abuse, decisionmaking and development, holistic health, and programs to promote well-being in at-risk populations. Locker enjoys interdisciplinary work and using quantitative data analyses to answer new and relevant societal issues.​
Locker is a behavioral neuroscientist and earned her Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University investigating nicotine and alcohol use in adolescent females. After graduation Locker was a post-doc at the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety/Centers for Disease Control where she examined potential causes and treatments for Gulf War Illness in veterans, and she also worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researching pathways associated with cognitive symptoms of mental disorders (e.g., schizophrenia).  

Recent Projects

  • Long-term Outcomes of JROTC Participation: Future Accessions and Career Outcomes
  • Improving Care and Support for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Readiness Group Support for Resilient Soldiers and Families

Selected Publications

Locker, A.R., Finucane, M.L., Roth, E.A., Carman, K., Breslau, J. , Nationally Representative Sample Shows an Increase in Domestic Conflict since the Outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic., Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness., 2021 (forthcoming)

Breslau, J., Finucane, M.L., Locker, A.R., Baird, M.D., Roth, E.A., Collins, R.L. , A longitudinal study of psychological distress in the United States before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. , Preventative Medicine, 2020


  • 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 than other subgroups to be chronically homeless, to have mental illness, and to have work limitations. Los Angeles County is now recognizing these women as a subgroup in the official homeless count. An assessment will also 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