Alicia K. Matthews, PhD

  • Associate Professor

Alicia Matthews, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a Principal Investigator at the Howard Brown Health Center.  Dr. Matthews is a licensed clinical psychologist with nationally recognized expertise in the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches to understanding socio-cultural determinants of health disparities in underserved populations. She has conducted NIH funded research to examine a range of factors associated with health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities and members of the LGBT communities.  Current funded research includes a grant from the National Institutes of Drug Abuse to evaluate a culturally targeted smoking cessation treatment program for LGBT smokers.  Dr. Matthews earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Binghamton University and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Muskingum College in Ohio.

Current Area of Teaching
  • Research Methods
  • Psychiatric Assessment


Selected Honors & Awards
  • 1988 National Science and Research Assistantship recipient
  • 1988 – 1989 GTE Academic All America Team
  • 1989 B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Muskingum College
  • 1989 Muskingum College Scholarship Award, 4th Year Recipient
  • 1989 NCAA Division III All-American: Track and Field
  • 1996 Recipient of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT): African-American Special Interest Group Founder’s Award
  • 1997 Induction into the Muskingum College Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 1999 Recipient of the Departmental Volunteer of the Year Award: Women's Research Committee, Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, IL.
  • 2003 Recipient of the Cornerstone Award, Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, IL. 
  • 2012 Muskingum University Dominic Costanzo Award in Psychology, New Concord, OH  
  • 2012 Research Mentor of the Year Award, Hispanic Center of Excellence in Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Selected Publications
  •  Hein, L., & Matthews, A.K. (2010).  Reparative therapy: The adolescent, the issues and psychiatric nursing.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23(1), 29-35.  
  • Herrick, A.L., Matthews, A.K., Garafalo, R. (2010).  Health risk behaviors in an urban sample of young women who have sex with women.  Journal of Lesbian Studies, 14(1), 80-92. 
  • Shannon, R.A., Dewey-Bergren, M., Matthews, A.K. (2010).  Frequent visitors: Somatization in school-aged children and implications for school nurses.  The Journal of School Nursing, 1-14. 
  • Manfredi, C., Kaiser, K., Matthews, A.K., & Johnson, T. (2010).  Are racial differences in patient-physician cancer communication and information explained by background, predisposing and enabling factors?  Journal of Health Communication, 15, 272-292.  
  • Vilhauer, R., Matthews, A.K., McClintock, M. (2010). Online support groups for women with metastatic breast cancer: A feasibility study.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 28(5), 560-586.
  • Hughes, T.L., Matthews, A.K., Szalacha, L.A., Wilsnack, S.C., & Martin, K. (2010). Hazardous drinking, drinking expectancies and risky sexual behaviors in a community sample of adult sexual minority women. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34, 282A-282A. 
  • Smith, H., Matthews, A.K., Markovic, N., Danielson, M, Youk, A., & Talbott, E. (2010).  A comparative study of complementary and alternative medicine use among heterosexually and lesbian identified women: Data from the ESTER project (Pittsburgh, PA, 2003-2006). Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 16(11), 1161-1170.  
  • Smith, H., Markovic, N., Danielson, M., Talbott, E. & Matthews, A.K. (2010).  The relationship between obesity, sexual abuse and sexual orientation: Women enrolled in the ESTHER project.  Journal of Women’s Health, 19(8), 1525-1532.   
  • Corte, C., Matthews, A., Kuhns, L., Garofalo, R., Bird, J., & Johnson, A. (2010) Dimensions of sexual identity development and alcohol and drug-realted risk behavior in sexual minority men. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 34(supplement s2), P922.
  • King, A.C., Cao, D., Southard, C., & Matthews, A.K.  (2011). Racial differences in eligibility determination and enrollment in a smoking cessation clinical trial: the Chicago Stop Smoking Trial (C-STOP).  Health Psychology, 30(1), 40-48.  
  • Smith, H., Markovic, N., Matthews, A.K., Danielson, M.E., Kalro, BN., Youk, A., Talbott, E.O. (2011). A Comparision of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Related Factors between Lesbian and Heterosexual women. Women’s Health Issues, 21(3), 191-198 
  • Matthews, A.K., Hotton,A., DuBois, S.N., Fingerhut, D., & Kuhns, L. (2011). Demographic, Psychosocial and Contextual Correlates of Tobacco Use in Women Who Have Sex with Women.   Research in Nursing and Health, 34(2): 141-152. 
  • Matthews, A.K., Tejada, S., Manfredi, C., Johnson, T., & Berbaum, M. (2012).  Correlates of Quality of Life among African American and White Cancer Survivors.  Cancer Nursing, 35(5): 355-364. 
  • King, A.K., O’Malley, K., DiWitt, H., Kranzler, H., Cao, D., & Matthews, A.K. (2012). Effects of Naltrexone on Smoking Cessation Outcomes and Weight Gain in Nicotine Dependent Men and Women.   Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 32 (5), 630-635. 
  • Matthews, A.K., Cho, Y., Hughes, T., Johnson, T., & Avery, L. (In Press). The Influence of Childhood Physical  Abuse on Adult Health Status in Sexual Minority Women:  The Mediating Role of Smoking.  Women and Health. 
  • Matthews, A.K., Conrad, M., Kuhns, L., King, A.K. (In Press).  Project Exhale: Evaluation of a culturally targeted smoking cessation intervention for HIV+ African American Smokers.  Journal of AIDS and STD’s
Current Research

2R01AA013328-05A2: 05/1/01-04/30/14
NIH/NIAAA (Hughes, PI) $3,038,172
0.9 academic year + 0.2 summer months
Cumulative Stress and Hazardous Drinking in a Community Sample of Adult Lesbians
This study will examine how the accumulation of life stressors such as childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, and discrimination based on race/ethnicity or sexual orientation are related to psychological distress and hazardous drinking in adult women.
Role: Co-Investigator
R01 DA023935-01A2: 09/30/2010-09/30/2015
NIH/NIDA (Matthews, Co-PI): $2,535,536
1.80 academic months + 0.4 summer months
Culturally Targeted and Individually Tailored Smoking Cessation Study: LGBT Smokers 
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
P01 CA098262-08S1 (PI R Mermelstein): 08/01/12 - 07/31/14, 0.45 AM + 0.15 SM
Social-Emotional Context of Adolescent Smoking Patterns
NIH/NCI National Cancer Institute
The purpose of this study is to examine trends in use of new tobacco products among adolescents. 
Role: Co-Investigator