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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Nicole Nicotera

Associate Professor
PhD, University of Washington


  • the ecology of child development
  • neighborhoods
  • children and families
  • school social work
  • privilege, oppression and social justice


Associate Professor Nicole Nicotera's research and scholarship focus on: measuring civic development in children; interventions to enhance civic leadership and positive youth development; the influences of neighborhood collective socialization and social cohesion on young people; and issues of unearned privilege and oppression in social work practice, education and research.

Nicotera is researching children's engagement in neighborhood assessment and change. Additionally, she is working on a project to create and assess teaching tools to increase multicultural social work practice skills.

Nicotera's clinical practice experience included work with children and families in a community mental health center, where she used art, play and sand tray therapies. She also has extensive school social work experience with seriously emotionally and behaviorally challenged children and their families.

At GSSW, Nicotera teaches clinical theories and practice in the MSW program, and qualitative analysis in the PhD program.

See Web page and CV.