Nicole Nicotera

Associate Professor

PhD, University of Washington

Professional Biography

Associate Professor Nicole Nicotera’s research and scholarship focus on promoting health and well-being across the life span, civic engagement and mindfulness practices as pathways to well-being, measuring civic development and civic engagement, interventions to enhance civic leadership and positive youth development, and issues of unearned privilege and oppression in social work practice, education and research.

Nicotera has expertise in conducting and publishing quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research. The majority of her research is conducted in collaboration with community partners and includes topics such as the effects of trauma-informed yoga on emotion regulation in trauma survivors, the influence of youth community organizing programs on social well-being, the relationship between youth well-being and involvement in arts interventions, and the influence of civic engagement on the well-being of emerging adults.

Nicotera’s clinical social work practice experience included work with children and families in a community mental health center, where she used art, play and sand tray therapies. She also has extensive school social work experience with seriously emotionally and behaviorally challenged children and their families.

At GSSW, Nicotera teaches a range of courses in the MSW program, including clinical interviewing skills, clinical theories and practice, evidence for practice and mind-body social work practice. She currently teaches mixed methods research in the PhD program and has taught qualitative analysis in the PhD program as well.

Academic and Research Interests

  • health and well-being across the life span
  • civic engagement and well-being
  • mindfulness and well-being
  • positive youth development
  • school social work
  • privilege, oppression and social justice