Michael J. Alicea, EDD, MSW, MS

Michael J. Alicea, EDD, MSW, MS

Assistant Professor


2020 Social Work Educator of the Year – Miami Dade County
2019 Adjunct Professor of the Year – Barry University
2019 Advisory Council Member of the Year – Barry University Advisory Council


EDD, Argosy University, 2014
MSW, Barry University, 2001
MS, St. Thomas University, 1990
BA, St. Thomas University, 1988
AS, Miami Dade College, 1983
AA, Miami Dade College, 1981

Areas of Interest

Trauma-Informed Care, Vicarious Trauma, Chronic and Life-Threatening Illness, Behavioral Health, Palliative and End of Life Care, Critical Incident Management, Clinical Practice with Individuals, Couples, and Families, Group Work, Social Work Education, Training and Continuing Education, Program Evaluation and Qualitative Research, Trauma Focused Therapy with First Responders and Military Veterans, Therapy with Latino Populations, Ethnic/Racial Identity, and Culturally Competent Social Work Practice.


Dr. Michael J. Alicea, is currently an Assistant Professor with the School of Social Work at Barry University. He is a retired law enforcement officer with over 37 years of experience with both the Miami Police and Coral Gables Police Departments. He also has over 28 years of clinical practice experience in both the public and private sector and has been a Medical/Case Management Social Worker with a regionally recognized hospital network in the South Florida area for over 20 years. His teaching experience includes 25 years as an adjunct and part time faculty member for the University of Miami, Miami Dade College, and guest lecturer at Florida International University.

Dr. Alicea has treated a wide variety of mental health concerns, with a focus on the treatment of PTSD and suicide prevention. He has more than 12 years of experience presenting at local, state, and national conferences on over 50 plus topics and subjects related to diversity, suicide awareness and prevention. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as authored and published on suicide in the law enforcement community.

Dr. Alicea is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the National Association for Social Work (NASW), American Counseling Association (ACA), and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He serves as an Executive Board Member for the Florida Family Therapy Association (FFTA) and is President of the Miami Dade Chapter of Marriage and Family Therapy. He has held responsible position as the past Vice President for NASW-FL and Chair for the Miami Dade Unit for NASW-FL.

Dr. Alicea has been a guest consultant with a local syndicated TV and cable networks with both Univision Channel 23 and with the Coral Gables Network Television Broadcast Station. He is an Honorably Discharged U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Veteran with 8 years of service (Gulf War Theater of Operations). He enjoys contributing to the professions of counseling and social work and to the community at large through volunteer work.