Dr. Alicia McCareins

President of RECA

A leading consultant in organizational behavior and development for private and public sector organizations.

Dr. McCareins’ interest in this field evolved from her academic teaching of the subject matter and extends even further back to her undergrad days when she studied under Dr. Donald T. Campbell, founder and international expert in evaluation research. Her work as an external consultant in business and social settings relies on his time-honored approach to methodology, causality, human behavior, and the application of social science principles to create change and maximize success with business and non-business clients.

Dr. McCareins earned both a doctorate and law degree from Northwestern University and taught at the undergraduate and graduate level for more than 30 years. She has received numerous awards and honors and authored or co-authored varied publications in academia, business, and social services.

Professor Leonard S. Rubinowitz,

Northwestern University School of Law

“The energy Dr. McCareins brings to whatever she does gets other people energized as well.”

John Pruehs, President

Pruehs & Associates, LLC

“Dr. McCareins addresses issues by understanding core values and facilitates a process that brings enormous benefits to an organization.”


  • Northwestern University Law Review
  • Northwestern University Program on Women Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Center for Urban Affairs Research Fellow
  • Ford Foundation Fellow
  • National Science Foundation Fellow
  • Sigma Tau Delta Honorary English Fraternity

Collegiate Teaching Experience

  • Changing Role of Women in Business, Northeastern University, Chicago, IL
  • Organizational Behavior & Development, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
  • Childhood & Adolescence, North Central College, Naperville, IL
  • Psychology of Gender, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
  • Psychology of Law, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
  • Social Psychology & Abnormal Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


  • Crossing the Color and Class Lines from Public Housing to White Suburbia (with L. Rubinowitz et al). (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000).
  • “Ensuring Corrective Justice for Intentionally-Inflicted Mental Distress through the Increased Use of Psychological Data and the Creative Application of Tort Theories.” Northwestern University Legal Clinic, 1986.
  • “Mental Health Services and Human Needs in an Urban Community: A Perspective” (with A.Gordon). International Journal of Sociology of the Family, 1982, 12, 214-249.
  • “Survival in a Male Establishment: Black Women Who Have Attained Officer Status in the Banking Industry.” Program on Women, Northwestern University, 1981.