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Alarico Barabino selected as the 2017 Student Speaker for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony


Alarico Barabino addresses the class of 2017, as the graduate student speaker. 

Alarico Barabino of Media, Pa., was selected as the 2017 student speaker for Widener University’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony held Friday, May 19. Barabino graduated with his doctorate in clinical psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Throughout his studies at Widener, Barabino specialized in the application of psychology to business and leadership development. He has pursued the organizational development specialization at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and three years at Widener University’s Organizational Development Services.

Working at Widener University’s Organizational Development Services, allowed Barabino to specialize in areas including international consulting, global organizational development, and leadership coaching, helping individuals to adapt more efficiently to diverse cultural contexts and environments. He has advanced training in executive assessment, executive coaching, and organizational consultation, and he has coached senior staff in university settings.

“In addition to coaching, Alarico has taking the lead in assisting with the management of Organizational Development Services over the past few years,” Hal Shorey, associate director of clinical psychology and director of Organizational Development Services, said. “He has been instrumental in expanding the leadership development footprint to other universities in the area.”

Barabino has also had experience working in diverse contexts and fields, including academic leadership, criminal justice, addiction, and medical settings. His dissertation is on developing multicultural competence model for executive coaching on a multinational level. He hopes to work with a consulting firm developing multicultural leadership competence internationally.

During his time at Widener he has presented at the American Psychological Association Division 13 – Society of Consulting Psychology.  

Originally from, Italy Barabino came to study English in the United States in 2007. He earned a bachelor of science in psychology from Stony Brook University. His family from Italy, including his mother Cristiana and his father Alessandro were in attendance Friday.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,