I obtained my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Loyola College and worked for a total of 12 years in the field. I have worked in a variety of settings to include private group practice, hospitals, elementary schools, Universities and research labs with children, adolescents, families, adults, and geriatrics. I have also taught as an Adjunct Professor, instructing college-level psychology courses.

My major areas of focus in the field of psychology are Behavioral Management, Developmental Disabilities, Individual Psychotherapy, and Child Study Team Testing and Placement. My original doctoral dissertation research was on the prevention of eating disorders in young girls.

I am a seasoned presenter, with experience conducting both intimate and large workshops and symposiums and participating as an invited panelist. I have presented at both the The American Psychological Association's National Conference and the Maryland Psychological Conference.

In 2006 I decided to take a career hiatus to raise my four girls; three of whom were not yet school aged and one of whom has significant special needs. You can read some of my personal backstory HERE.

During my time at home, I have been freelancing as a writer and an essay consultant. As an Essay Specialist for Bennett School Placement WorldWide, I provide writing and editorial services for college application essays. I wrote for the Parenting Channel at SheKnows, one of the nation's most popular websites for women, for a year and provided content for the holistic health website, WholesomeOne. I currently work as a freelance writer for Suburban Life Magazine and The Art of Living Well on topics of Health and Fitness.

I am excited to be on staff as the Poetry Editor at Pentimento Magazine, a new literary magazine designed for the community of individuals with disabilities. My personal essays have appeared in the Philadelphia InquirerMamalode Magazine, Stealing Time Literary Magazine, Pentimento, Something Special Magazine, The Gloucester County Times, South Jersey Times and Mom It Forward.

I am currently working on my first non-fiction book about women in triathlon.

Please feel free contact me at aliciajclarke(at)yahoo(dot)com with questions, comments or for further info.

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