Dr Alicia McCoy
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Sociology) | Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) | Doctor of Philosophy
Alicia brings over 15 years of experience leading research and evaluation teams in the not-for-profit sector and is passionate about the role that research and evaluation plays in creating lasting change for individuals, families and communities.
Alicia’s areas of interest include evaluation capacity building, knowledge translation, and evidence-informed practice in the helping professions. She has a wealth of experience in child and family services and mental health, with subject matter expertise in areas such as childhood adversity, family violence, social enterprise, community development, and place-based change. Alicia takes a pragmatic approach to her work and is driven by delivering results that will support organisational learning and continuous improvement and, ultimately, positive change for beneficiaries of programs and services.
Alicia is a social worker by profession, with clinical experience in women and children’s health, and is currently an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Social Work at The University of Melbourne.
Prior to joining First Person Consulting in 2023, Alicia was Chief Impact Officer at Family Life, and before that, Head of Research, Evaluation and Learning at Beyond Blue. She was also a board director of SIMNA from 2019 – 2021 and a member of the Suicide Prevention Australia Research Advisory Committee from 2018 – 2019.
Alicia has led and/or commissioned many research, evaluation and monitoring projects during her time in the not-for-profit sector and has a been a Partner Investigator on a number of NHMRC and ARC research grants.
Examples of projects Alicia has led or substantively contributed to include: