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).
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