B.A., Indiana University
A.M., University of Chicago
Ph.D., Florida State University
Alicia McLaughlin, PhD, LCSW is a Professor of Social Work at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, where she currently teaches in the MSW Program. She is the founder and co-advisor of the Augustus Tolton Honor Society for African American student scholars. Dr. McLaughlin has been a clinical social worker since 2004 with a private practice in the Joliet community in the area of anxiety, depression, suicide, and general adjustment issues related to life transitions for children, adolescents, adults and family systems.
Dr. McLaughlin’s educational background includes a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Doctoral Degree in Social Work from Florida State University. She has taught BSW and MSW courses in social service research, culturally competent practice, human development, feminism in contemporary society and forensic social work. As a Fulbright Scholar, she lived in South America where she taught at the University of Guyana for the Fall 2017 semester. There, she focused on mental health stigma, trauma and suicide prevention and intervention.
Her research interests includes cultural competency in the training of social work students in field education, psychometric development, social support in undergraduate education for African American student scholars, African American feminist thought, and school social work. She has published over 10 research and conceptual articles and has more than 20 presentations in her professional career.
Dr. McLaughlin is a proud engaged mother of three active children in the Joliet community, she is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction books. Dr. McLaughlin enjoys running 5Ks and half marathons. In her spare time, she likes to travel to learn about different cultures and people from varying backgrounds.