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Olivia Nichols
Ph.D. Student, HDFS


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

Research interests
• Child development & relationships
• Health Equity
Nichols, O., Vaughn, B. E., Lu, Ting, Krzysik, L., & El-Sheikh, M. (2019). Scripted attachment representations and adaptive functioning during early childhood. Attachment & Human Development, DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2019.1575551

Nichols, O., Vaughn, B. E., Coppola, G., Shin, N., Monteiro, L., & Krzysik, L. (under review). Relating preschoolers coping tactics during resource-based conflicts to social competence. Social Development

Fuller-Rowell, T., Ong. A., Burrow, A., Nichols, O., Chae, D., & Sheikh, M. (under review). Day-to-Day Fluctuations in Experiences of Discrimination: Associations with Sleep Quality and the Moderating Role of Internalized Racism. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Courses taught
Child Development (HDFS 3010)

Research projects
College Student Health and Sleep Study
Health Consequences of Early Adversity

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
If you could study any random thing other than HDFS, what would it be?
History – particularly American Slavery and legacy of racial violence

What advice would you offer to someone thinking about graduate school?
Grad school is hard, but rewarding. It helps to stay positive, attentive and gracious and to take advantage of free food opportunities.