Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics


Nicole Nugent, PhD is a Professor, Research Scholar in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Brown Medical School. Dr. Nugent holds academic appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine and is the Founding Director of the Rhode Island Resilience Lab and Associate Director of the Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Initiative. She maintains her clinical involvement in direct clinical care as the Director of Psychological Services at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Refugee Integrated Care Service, a role that informs research efforts that permit translation to intervention across diverse populations. Dr. Nugent has been continuously federally funded since 2009 and has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on more than two dozen federal grants. Her research is aimed at understanding the interplay of biological and socio-environmental factors on psychological outcomes such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in adolescents during times of stress and transition. Dr. Nugent’s work has increasingly focused on the ways that social interactions via digital communication impact adolescent psychological and physical health and wellbeing.

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