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Joanne Nicholson - Professor, Institute for Behavioral Health, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Curriculum Vitae

Photo of Joanne NicholsonJoanne Nicholson, PhD, is a clinical and research psychologist and is currently a Professor at the Institute for Behavioral Health at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Previously, she was Professor of Psychiatry at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Nicholson has established an active program of research on parents with mental illnesses and their children, in partnership with people in recovery. She is the lead author of Parenting Well When You’re Depressed and Creating Options for Family Recovery, and is a co-editor of Parental Psychiatric Disorder, 3rd ed., which received the President’s Choice Book Award from the British Medical Association in 2016. Dr. Nicholson has written more than 100 publications and has been investigator on over 50 research grants and contracts. In 2006, Dr. Nicholson received the Armin Loeb Award from the national Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association for her significant career contribution to research. She has been a W.T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow and a NIDRR Switzer Distinguished Research Fellow. In 2008, Dr. Nicholson received the inaugural Steven Banks award for Outstanding Research Mentoring from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is the 2010 recipient of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Women’s Faculty Committee Outstanding Community Service Award, the 2011 recipient of the Katharine F. Erskine Award for Women in Medicine and Science, and in 2012 was named a Fellow of the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth. In 2016, she received an Ambassador Award from the Australian Children of Parents with a Mental Illness Initiative for her contributions.


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