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Olivia Nichols
Ph.D. Student, HDFS

 

Education
M.S. Auburn University, HDFS 2017
B.A. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Psychology 2014

Research interests
• Child development & relationships
• Social determinants of health
• Implicit biases
Publications/Posters/Papers
Nichols, O., Vaughn, B., Lu, T., Krzysik, L., & El Shikh, M. (under review) Scripted attachment representations and adaptive functioning during early childhood. (prepared for a special issue of Attachment & Human Development focused on the secure base script scored from preschool children’s narratives).

Vaughn, B. E., Posada, G., Veríssimo, M., Lu, T., Nichols, O., El-Sheikh, M., et al. (under review). Preschoolers’ Secure Base Script Representations Predict Teachers’ Ratings of Social Competence in Two Independent Samples. (prepared for a special issue of Attachment & Human Development focused on the secure base script scored from preschool children’s narratives).

Nichols, O., Vaughn, B., & Krzysik, L. (under review). Relating preschoolers coping tactics during resource-based conflicts to social competence.

Presentations:

Nichols., O., Vaughn, B., Lu, T., Krzysik, L., & El Sheikh, M. (accepted; October, 2018). Scripted Attachment Representations and Adaptive Functioning During Early Childhood. Oral presentation at Zero to Three Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Miller, E., Hartwick (Nichols), O., VanDenBerg, C., & Matusick, J. (April, 2017) Enhancing family child care quality through a mentor-coach accreditation facilitation program. Poster presented at the Society of Research on Child Development, Austin, TX.

Vaughn, B.E., Posada, G., Verissimo, M., Hartwick (Nichols), O., Lu, T., Krzysik, L., Trumbell, J, & Anaya, L. (April, 2017). Scripted Secure Base Attachment Representations Predict Social Competence in two USA Samples of Preschool-age Children. In B.E. Vaughn, Chair, Scripted Secure Base Attachment Representations Predict Social Competence in Preschool Age Children. Symposium presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.

Courses taught
Child Development (HDFS 3010)

Research projects
Childhood adversity and later health disparities
Racial bias and attention in preschool
Attachment and adaptation to preschool

Accomplishments
2017   Outstanding Masters Student, Auburn University
2017   NCAA Woman of the Year, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Fun Facts
Hero/someone you look up to? Bryan Stevenson
Pets? Sweet pup named Sonny and we foster adult dogs for Auburn’s humane society
If you could study any random thing other than HDFS, what would it be? Political science, especially how shifts in governing power influence identity, bias and relationships