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Bonnie Nicholson

Dr. Bonnie Nicholson



Dr. Bonnie Nicholson is a Professor and Associate Director in the School of Psychology. She is affiliated with the Counseling Psychology graduate programs and head of the Positive Parenting Research Team. The PPRT focuses on investigating parenting and positive psychology constructs which are associated with healthy outcomes for children and parents. Current projects involve investigations of helicopter parenting and college students, cultural variations in parenting, and projects related to parental and adult attachment.

  • Counseling Psychology (PHD) - Marquette University (2001)
  • MED - Marquette University (1998)
  • BS - University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994)

Undergraduate Courses:
*PSY 110: General Psychology

Graduate Courses:
*PSY 630: Introduction to Counseling Psychology
*PSY 835: Advanced Practicum

  • Relationships between positive parenting, overparenting, grit and academic success. , Journal of College Student Development , 2019
  • Overparenting and narcissism in young adults: The mediating role of psychological control. , Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2018
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and problematic alcohol use in college students: The moderating role of alcohol protective behavioral strategies and gender., Psychological trauma : theory, research, practice and policy, 2019, 10.1037/tra0000417
  • Overparenting and emerging adults' mental health: The mediating role of emotional distress tolerance, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2020,
  • Parenting young children: A facilitator’s guide, 2003
  • American Psychological Association

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Areas of Expertise

Counseling Psychology