Bonnie Nicholson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

My research interests broadly involve improving the relationship between children and their families. Current projects are focused on identifying positive, protective factors which can help parents at risk for poor parenting improve their parenting behaviors. By identifying these protective factors, parenting interventions can be tailored to maximize success by utilizing strengths such as hope, resiliency (hardiness), and cultural and spiritual dimensions. Current research projects investigate the relationship between positive, protective factors and parenting in the hopes of better understanding what helps parents succeed. Undergraduate students can join the Positive Parenting Research Team (PPRT) to gain experience in research and exceptional students are encouraged to complete their own research projects on related topics.