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About Joanne Nicholson

Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D., is a clinical and research psychologist, and Adjunct Professor of
Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), where she directed the Child and Family Research Core of the UMMS Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center, formerly named the Center for Mental Health Services Research. She is currently Professor of Psychiatry at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. Dr. Nicholson has established an active program of research on parents with mental illnesses and their families, in partnership with people in recovery. Her team is developing education and skills training materials for parents, integrating the current knowledge on parents with mental illnesses, and evaluating interventions for families, including the pilot Family Options intervention. Dr. Nicholson’s research interests also include the study of collaborations, knowledge exchange, and the impact of web-based interventions. Dr. Nicholson has received funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Alliance for Mental Illness Research Institute, private foundations, and industry sources. In 2006, Dr. Nicholson received the Armin Loeb Award from the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association for her significant career contribution to research in psychiatric rehabilitation. She has been a W.T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow, and a NIDRR Switzer Distinguished Research Fellow. She is the 2010 recipient of the UMMS Women’s Faculty Committee Outstanding Community Service Award, and in 2011 received the Katharine F. Erskine Award in Medicine & Science for her professional achievements, commitment to the advancement of women and girls, and her contributions to the community.


Present Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry
Present Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Gender Research Institute, Dartmouth College (2013)
  • The Katharine F. Erskine Award for Outstanding Women in Medicine & Science (2011)
  • UMMS Women’s Faculty Committee Community Service Award (2010)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Children of Mentally Ill Consumers of Western Australia (2010)
  • Lilly Reintegration Award in Social Support (2nd place) (2009)
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association (2008)
  • Steven Banks Award for Outstanding Research Mentoring (2008)
  • Mary Switzer Distinguished Research Fellow, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (2008)
  • Armin Loeb Award for Career Contribution, U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (2006)

Contact Information

Joanne Nicholson, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center
83 Mechanic Street, Suite B4-1
Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766
office phone: 603-448-0263 x104


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