Alisha Walker Marciano, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

Alisha Marciano



  • PhD, Developmental Psychology, Penn State University, 2003
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Marshall University, 1997
  • BA, Psychology, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, 1995

Experience and Background

Dr. Marciano has been teaching undergraduate students for 15 years. After completing her master’s degree, she spent two years teaching as an adjunct at a community college and a private 4-year institution before beginning her doctoral program. While completing her degree she taught each summer at a large university, and upon completion of the PhD she became an Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She taught there for 3 years before coming to Lynchburg College, where she is now an Associate Professor of Psychology. She loves teaching and working with students and looks forward to many more years to come.

Professional affiliations

  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Virginia Psychological Association
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Teaching and Research Interests


  • Introductory Psychology (majors and non-majors)
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Child Psychopathology
  • Psychological Tests and Measures
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Dr. Marciano earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology, and her interests are influenced by both of these areas. Her research has examined psychological adjustment associated with peer victimization during various developmental periods. With the increase of technology use that has occurred in the past few years, she became interested in gaining a better understanding of cyber bullying and victimization. She has studied various psychological and behavioral correlates of involvement in cyber bullying during pre-adolescence, adolescence, and young adulthood. She is also interested in studying the preoccupation with social media in adolescents and young adults. Technology has become a means by which people of all ages communicate with family and friends. Although there are many benefits to technology, there is also the potential of negative consequences associated with misuse and/or overuse of technology in our relationships with others.

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations

  • Walker Marciano, A.R. (March, 2012). Bullying and Suicide: The Harmful Effects of Words and Actions. Keynote speaker at the Suicide Prevention Conference sponsored by the Suicide Education Awareness and Support, Danville, Va.
  • Walker Marciano, A.R. and Flanagan, K.S. (April 2011). From the Tween Years to College: Age Differences in the Experience of and Emotional Response to Cyber-bullying. In A. Walker Marciano (Chair), Fighting Amongst Ourselves: Examining How Adolescents Use Technology to Victimize Their Peers. Paper presented in a symposium conducted at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
  • Walker Marciano, A.R. (March, 2010). Responding to Invisible Bullies: How Do Adolescents Cope with Online Victimization? Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Walker Marciano, A.R. (October, 2009). Understanding and Preventing Cyber Bullying. Paper presented at the Fall Convention of the Virginia Psychological Association. Richmond, Va.
  • Walker Marciano, A.R. (May 2008). College Student Involvement in Cyber Harassment Predicts Depression, Anxiety, Self-esteem, and Jealousy. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, Ill.
  • Walker, A.R., and Cillessen, A. (March 2006). Physical and Relational Victimization in Adolescence: A Longitudinal Examination of Sex Differences and Behavioral Correlates. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Adolescence, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Cole, P. M., Walker, A.R., Lama-Tamang, MS (2006). Emotional aspects of peer relations among children in rural Nepal. In X. Chen, D. French, and B. Schneider (Eds.). Peer Relationships in Cultural Contexts. Cambridge University Press.
  • Parker, J.G., Low, C.M., Walker, A.R., and Gamm, B.K. (2005). Friendship jealousy in young adolescents: Individual differences and links to sex, self-esteem, aggression, and social adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 41, 235-250.