Alicia Serpa, J.D.
Alicia Serpa earned her J.D. from Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and has two years of doctoral training in Legal Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. She also holds a Master's in Forensic Psychology, and B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. For over 12 years, Ms. Serpa has used the scientific method to examine juror decision making and judicial processes. She has presented her research at conferences across the country and internationally. Ms. Serpa worked with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project analyzing trial transcripts to identify the impact of pre-trial publicity on jury decisions, evidence that influenced the jury, and prosecutorial misconduct. She conducted post-trial interviews and met with incarcerated individuals with claims of innocence and wrongful conviction. Prior to The Innocence Project, Ms. Serpa supported complex, high-profile, multiple-district litigation, again interacting with clients and analyzing expert reports, for a national law firm. Her blend of forensic psychology, criminal and civil experience gives her a unique perspective on the mock trials and shadow juries that she supports. Alicia lives in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia with her Shihpoo, Boo, named for the day he was adopted - Halloween!