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Alicia Domack, Ph.D. - Milwaukee School of Engineering. Milwaukee, WI, US

Alicia Domack, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Professor | Milwaukee School of Engineering


Dr. Alicia Domack has a research background in cognition, learning and development.

Education, Licensure and Certification (3)

Ph.D.: Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2009

M.A.: School Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha 2005

B.S.: Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2001


Dr. Alicia Domack is a professor and chair of the Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department at MSOE. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, she received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She received her master's degree in school psychology from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and her doctorate in educational psychology, with a specialization in cognition, learning and development, from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Dr. Domack joined MSOE in 2009 and was drawn to MSOE by the caliber of students, the urban environment and the exciting opportunities for collaboration. Her research interests range from the science of teaching and learning to the psychology of place. During her tenure as HSC department chair, she has worked with faculty to launch the UX program, support new minors in psychology and Spanish, expand the University Scholars Honors program, and led multiple committees and task force groups associated with MSOE's Strategic Plan. She has served as MSOE's HLC accreditation liasion officer, and IRB Director.
In 2017, Dr. Domack was awarded Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 Under 40 award.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Learning and Development

Educational Psychology


Accomplishments (8)

Milwaukee Business Journal's prestigious 40 Under 40


Falk Engineering Educator Award Finalist

August 2012, 2013, 2014

Creator of the MSOE Faculty Book Club

2014 - present

Summer Research Fellowship, MSOE

Summer, 2012

Servant Leadership Fellowship, MSOE

2011 - 2012

Servant Leadership Grant Recipient, MSOE

Fall, 2010 - Fall, 2011

Research Grant Recipient, University of Nebraska, Omaha


Golden Key National Honor Society

Honor Society

Affiliations (2)

  • American Psychological Association (APA) : Member
  • Society for Research in Child Development : Member


Media Appearances (1)

Business Journal selects 40 Under 40 winners: Rabbitt of Children's Hospital, ManpowerGroup's Filter among third group

Milwaukee Business Journal  


Here is our third group of 10 winners:... Alicia Domack, chair, Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department, Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Event and Speaking Appearances (7)

Adaptive Memory, Adaptive Reuse? Memory and the Psychology of Place

Place of Memory and Memory of Place International Conference  Oxford, U.K., June 2019

Servant Leadership in Higher Education

Academic Chairperson's Conference  Houston, TX, February 2019

Introverted Activity: Classroom Strategies to Include Everyone

MSOE Faculty In-Service  Milwaukee, WI, August, 2014

Creating and Using Rubrics: For Student (and Instructor) Success

Milwaukee, WI, August, 2014  MSOE Faculty In-Service

Toy Design: Collaborative Teaching of Psychology and Engineering

National Association of the Teaching of Psychology Conference  St. Petersburg, FL, January, 2014

The Influence of the ‘Decoy Effect’ on the Engineering Design Process

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings  San Antonio, TX, August 2012

Servant Leadership: Driving Curriculum Integration Through an Institutional MultiDisciplinary Approach

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference  Milwaukee, WI, October 2011

Teaching Areas (1)

Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Selected Publications (3)

Measuring the impact of an interdisciplinary experiential learning activity on student learning.

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

Nickel, A., Farrell, J. K., Domack, A., Mazzone, G.

June, 2018

Taking On Unexpected Leadership Roles

Academic Chairpersons Conference

Domack, A.

2017 Leaders are occasionally asked to take on new roles with very little notice. This session will present new chairs with some concrete tips to help individuals taking on unexpected leadership roles survive and eventually thrive in the position.

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Integrating Developmental Psychology “Integrating Developmental Psychology and Engineering Design in a Toy Design Course” and Engineering Design in a Toy Design Course

International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education

Musto, J.C., Domack, A.

2014 This paper details a mechanical engineering course in toy design developed at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, WI, USA). The course was motivated by the need to develop design experiences that integrate societal constraints, as well as the desire to integrate concepts from general education coursework into the engineering curriculum. In this team-taught course, students learn concepts from the area of child developmental psychology, and then use these concepts to inform their design efforts in the design and development of a toy or game to meet specific developmental needs of a specific age group. Student teams take the project from concept to prototype, then play-test their toys and games with children. This paper covers the background and motivation for the course, the topical coverage in both the psychology and engineering areas required for successful implementation, and project descriptions from a recent implementation of the course. Advice for those who wish to develop a similar offering, based on both instructor and student feedback, will be summarized.

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