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Wilcox, Alicia, PhD

Wilcox, Alicia, PhD

Wilcox, Alicia, PhD

Assistant Professor School of Legal Studies

Contact Information:

Husson University
297 Peabody Hall
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 207.941.7658 Phone: Fax: Email: wilcoxa@husson.edu Department Email:

Biography

Alicia Wilcox grew up in Dublin, Ireland and earned her Bachelor’s degree with double honors in chemistry and statistics from the National University of Ireland. Her undergraduate thesis involved the calculation of atomic energy levels using basis set theory. She then went on to study Forensic Science at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland where she earned her Masters’ degree.  Her graduate thesis and internship with the Forensic Science Laboratory in Ireland investigated best methods for the presumptive and confirmatory testing of anabolic steroids and the date rape drug, GHB. Alicia holds a Master of Science degree in criminal justice administration and a Master’s in Business Administration from and Husson University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Dundee, Scotland with a research focus on juror understanding of forensic science testimony

Alicia has practiced forensic science for since 2001. She worked as a drug chemist for the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform in Dublin and was later employed by the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory for almost a decade as a forensic scientist specializing in impression evidence. She has processed numerous crime scenes and has qualified as an expert witness in Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi and Nevada. Alicia was part of a team of scientists and detectives who re-analyzed evidence in cold cases and successfully brought unsolved homicides to trial. Since 2012 Alicia has worked as a forensic consultant on current and post-conviction cases.

Alicia began her career at Husson University in the fall of 2011 and shortly after that she developed the Forensic Science program. Staying active in the forensic science community is important to Alicia. She holds four certifications from the International Association for Identification (IAI); Certified Senior Crime Scene Examiner, Certified Latent Print Examiner, Certified Footwear Examiner and Certified Forensic Photographer. In addition to Alicia’s responsibilities at Husson, she is a past president and current board member of the New England Division of the IAI, is a member of the IAI footwear certification board and sits on the footwear/tire subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).

Professional Statement

I taught my first class at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 2002 and was hooked. Through my teaching experience I have learned that the practical application of theory facilitates student comprehension and retention of the material. My career as a forensic scientist has been a great one and I thoroughly enjoy the intersection of science, communication to lay people and the law. I am passionate about forensic science and strive to draw my students into this fascinating field. My students learn that as science progresses and court requirements change the evidence will still speak its own truth. It is our responsibility to interpret this truth correctly and convey, the sometimes complex conclusions to the judge and the jury.