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Olivia Nichols
Ph.D. Student, HDFS


M.S. Human Development and Family Science, Auburn University, 2017
B.A. Psychology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2014

Research interests
• Human development
• Early childhood
• 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, 21(3), 289-306. http://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2019.1575551

Nichols, O., Vaughn, B. E., Coppola, G., Shin, N., Monteiro, L., & Krzysik, L. (2020). Relations between Preschooler Social Competence and Coping Tactics during Resource‐Based Conflicts. Social Development. 29(4), 1051-1070. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12451

Fuller-Rowell, T., Nichols, O., Jokela, M., Kim, E., Yildirim, D, E., & Ryff, C., (in press). A Changing Landscape of Health Opportunity in the United States: Increases in the Strength of the Association Between Childhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Adult Health Between the 1990’s and the 2010’s. American Journal of Epidemiology

Nichols, O., Fuller-Rowell, T., Robinson, A., Eugene, D. & Homandberg, L., (under review). Neighborhood Deprivation in Early Childhood Contributes to Racial Disparities in Blood Pressure in Young Adults.

Courses taught
Child Development (HDFS 3010)

2017   Outstanding Masters Student, Auburn University
2014   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 Reconstruction

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.