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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5413 Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research , Box 206


Starting her professional career as a musician and music educator, Alicia Welch, Ph.D., has had the pleasure of performing and teaching in several highly selective ensembles and institutions. She started her collegiate music career at the University of North Texas and ultimately graduated from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. Along the way, she was fortunate to study with and teach alongside many highly regarded musician educators all of whom helped to influence her musicianship, as well as her teaching approach and philosophy. 

Along the way, she developed interests in the cognitive underpinnings of formal training, in general, and formal instrumental music training, in particular. Her dissertation research examined the effects of formal training on the development of attention skills in children aged 4-6 years.

Welch began her doctoral studies within the gifted and creative education program at the University of Georgia, Department of Educational Psychology. As she completed the coursework in this program, though, her dissertation research became more closely aligned with the applied cognition and development program within the same department at UGA.

While conducting her dissertation research, she served at the University of West Georgia as a strategic planning analyst, providing strategic executive and institutional support for assessment and research efforts on factors of student success, retention, progression and graduation. In addition, she served UWG as an adjunct instructor, teaching graduate courses in research methods and program evaluation.

She is pleased to have joined the UCO faculty as an assistant professor in the College of Education and Professional Studies, Department of Education Science, Foundations and Research.

Classes Taught

UCO College of Education and Professional Studies

  • PTE 3163 - Developmental Psychology
  • PTE 4172 - Educational Assessment
  • PTE 4811 - Contemporary Issues
  • ESFR 5013 - Foundations of Education Research
  • ESFR 5433 - Curriculum Strategies for Gifted Learners

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. - University of Georgia, Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Cognition and Development. Dissertation research: Formal training effects on the development of attention in young children: Instrumental music.

M.Ed. - University of North Texas

B.M. - University of Louisiana - Lafayette

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