Alicia Bower is an associate professor of psychology in the Liberal Arts & Sciences department at Berklee where she teaches general, developmental, and positive psychology courses. She has a PhD in psychology, and has conducted research focusing on child and adolescent engagement in physical and relational aggression, with an emphasis on how increasingly digitized peer interactions offer new opportunities for aggression. She has also investigated parental reinforcement responses to children’s positive social interactions, as well as the beneficial outcomes of including contemplative practices within the classroom. Recently, she has focused on the effects of large-scale social movements as these result in cultural and individual change.
In the last ten years, Alicia has received multiple awards for her scholarship, and has been invited to share her research at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Her recent article, What Parents Do When Children Are Good: Parent Reports of Strategies for Reinforcing Early Childhood Prosocial Behaviors, utilizes qualitative and quantitative methods to catalogue previously unrecognized strategies that parents utilize to respond to their children’s prosocial behaviors. This work was published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, and currently has over 700 views.
In addition to her scientific investigation, Alicia has spent the last twenty years creating a wide variety of musical styles and exploring different soundscapes utilizing her voice, as well as vintage and newer synth instruments, looping stations, drum machines, samplers, and incorporating traditional instruments like keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, accordions, drums, etc. Now that she has the opportunity to work with the faculty, staff, and students at Berklee, Alicia is exploring ways to blend musical composition in the digital age with her positive psychological orientation to create spaces that encourage introspection and individual exploration of how the multiple aspects of the human experience are influenced by contextual factors.