Amanda Nickerson

Professor and Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention

Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology

 428 Baldy Hall
 (716) 645-3448
 nickersa@buffalo.edu
  http://gse.buffalo.edu/alberticenter


Violence and bullying prevention and intervention
Parent and peer relationships
Strength-based assessment and intervention
Assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders

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  • Ph.D., School Psychology, University of South Carolina (2002)
  • M.A., School Psychology, University of South Carolina (1999)
  • B.A., Psychology, Bates College (1994)

Amanda Nickerson, PhD, NCSP, is a Professor and Director of the Dr. Jean M. Alberti Center for the Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School Violence at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Dr. Nickerson’s research focuses on school crisis prevention and intervention, with a particular emphasis on violence and bullying. She has examined the role of schools, parents, and peers in preventing violence and enhancing the social-emotional strengths of children and adolescents. Dr. Nickerson is the lead author of Assessing, Identifying, and Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder at School (2009, Springer), co-author of School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model (2009, National Association of School Psychologists [NASP]), and co-editor of Handbook of School Violence and School Safety: International Research and Practice, 2nd Edition (2012, Routledge). She has written over 70 journal articles and book chapters. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Health, the American Educational Research Association, the New York State Office of Child and Family Services, the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and the Committee for Children.

A licensed psychologist in New York state and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Dr. Nickerson is committed to the scientist-practitioner model of training. She views research and science as foundational to good practice, and helps practitioners use this knowledge to guide practice. Dr. Nickerson has conducted over 250 presentations for educators and mental health professionals throughout the country. She has also worked in close collaboration with schools, as well as other child-serving agencies to guide them in using data to inform practice, particularly related to improving social-emotional and behavioral functioning. Dr. Nickerson enjoys conducting research as part of a collaborative team and is an active mentor to graduate students. Graduate students are frequently co-authors and have many opportunities to engage in activities to further their professional development.

Dr. Nickerson is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 16) and a recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) Presidential Award and the NASP Crisis Management Interest Group Award for Excellence. She has been recognized in the top 25 of School Psychology Faculty in terms of productivity (the 3rd most productive female school psychology scholar). Dr. Nickerson is Coordinator of Research for the NASP School Safety and Crisis Prevention Committee. She has served as associate editor of the Journal of School Violence and is a member of several other editorial boards (Journal of School Psychology, School Psychology Review).



Publications in Refereed Journals

Cook-Cottone, C., Serwacki, M., Guyker, W., Sodano, S., Nickerson, A., Keddie-Olka, E., & Anderson, L. (2016). The role of anxiety on the experience of peer victimization and eating disorder risk. School Mental Health. Advanced online publication

Cosgrove, H., & Nickerson, A. B. (2015). Anti-bullying/harassment legislation and educator perceptions of severity, effectiveness, and school climate: A cross-sectional analysis. Educational Policy. Advanced online publication.

Werth, J. M., Nickerson, A. B., Aloe, A. M., & Swearer, S. M. (2015). Bullying victimization and the social and emotional maladjustment of bystanders: A propensity score analysis. Journal of School Psychology, 53, 295-308.

Fishman, C., & Nickerson, A. B. (2015). Motivations for involvement: A preliminary investigation of parents of students with disabilities. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 523-535. doi:10.1007/s10826-013-9865-4

Nickerson, A. B., Singleton, D , Schnurr, B., & Collen, M. (2014). Perceptions of school climate as a function of bullying involvement. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 30, 157-181.

Nickerson, A. B., & Taylor, D. (2014). Empathetic responsiveness, group norms, and prosocial affiliations in bullying roles. School Psychology Quarterly, 29, 99- 109.

Nickerson, A. B., Aloe, A. M., Livingston, J., A. & Feeley, T. H. (2014). Measurement of the bystander intervention model for bullying and sexual harassment. J, 391-400. http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0140197114000323

Aloe, A., Shisler, S., Norris, B. D., Nickerson, A. B., & Rinker, T. (2014). A multivariate meta-analysis of student misbehavior and teacher burnout. Educational Research Review. Online first publication. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1747938X14000141

Nickerson, A. B., Serwacki, M. L., Brock, S. E., Savage, T. A., Woitaszewski, S. A., & Reeves, M. A. (2014). Program evaluation of the PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum. Psychology in the Schools, 51, 466-479.

Nickerson, A. B., Cornell, D. G., Smith, D., & Furlong, M. (2013). School antibullying efforts: Advice for policymakers. Journal of School Violence, 12, 268-282. doi: 10.1080/15388220.2013.787366

Nickerson, A. B., & Fishman, C. (2013). Promoting mental health and resilience through strength-based assessment in US schools. Educational and Child Psychology, 30, 7-17.

Cooper, L., & Nickerson, A. B. (2013). Parent retrospective recollections of bullying and current views, concerns, and strategies to cope with children's bullying. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22, 526-540.

Lou, L. L., Yan, Z., Nickerson, A., & McMorris, R. (2012). An examination of the reciprocal relationship of loneliness and Facebook use among first-year college students. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 46, 105-117.

Nickerson, A. B., Hopson, L. M., & Steinke, C. M. (2011). School connectedness in community and residential treatment schools: The influence of gender, grades, and engagement in treatment. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 829-837. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.12.004

Nickerson, A. B., & Brock, S. E. (2011). Measurement and evaluation of school crisis prevention and intervention: Introduction to special issue. Journal of School Violence, 10, 1-15.

Brock, S. E., Nickerson, A. B., Reeves, M. A., & Savage, T. A., & Woitaszewski, S. A. (2011). Development, evaluation, and future directions of the PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum. Journal of School Violence, 10, 34-52.

Raftery, J., Steinke, C., & Nickerson, A. B. (2010). Engagement, residential treatment staff cognitive and behavioral disputations, and youths’ problem-solving. Child and Youth Care Forum, 39, 167 - 185.

Sherer, Y. C., & Nickerson, A. B. (2010). Anti-bullying practices in American schools: Perspectives of school psychologists. Psychology in the Schools, 47, 217-229.

Nickerson, A. B., & Slater, E. D. (2009). School and community violence and victimization as predictors of suicidal behavior for adolescents. School Psychology Review, 38, 218-232.

Nickerson, A. B., & Fishman, C. (2009). Convergent, divergent, and predictive validity of the Devereux Elementary Student Strength Assessment. School Psychology Quarterly, 24, 48-59.

Heath, M. A., Nickerson, A. B., Annandale, N., Kemple, A., & Dean, B. (2009). Strengthening cultural sensitivity in children’s disaster mental health services. School Psychology International, 30(4), 347-373.

Schnurr, B. L., Kundert, D. K., & Nickerson, A. B. (2009). Grade retention: Current decision making practices and involvement of school psychologists. Psychology in the Schools, 46, 410-419.

Nickerson, A. B., Mele, D., & Princiotta, D. (2008). Attachment and empathy as predictors of roles as defenders or outsiders in bullying interactions. Journal of School Psychology, 46, 687-703.

Nickerson, A. B., & Martens, M. P. (2008). School violence: Associations with control, security/enforcement, educational/therapeutic strategies, and demographic factors. School Psychology Review, 37, 228-243.

Miller, D. N., Nickerson, A. B., Chafouleas, S. M., & Osborne, K. M. (2008). Authentically happy school psychologists. Psychology in the Schools, 45, 679-692.

Nickerson, A. B., & Heath, M. A. (2008). Developing and strengthening school-based crisis response teams. School Psychology Forum, 2(2), 1-16. Retrieved April 3, 2008, from http://www.nasponline.org/publications/spf/issue2_2/nickerson.pdf

Donovan, S. A., & Nickerson, A. B. (2007). Strength-based versus traditional social-emotional reports: Impact on multidisciplinary team members’ perceptions. Behavioral Disorders, 32, 228-237.

Nickerson, A. B., & Spears, W. H. (2007). Influences on authoritarian and educational/therapeutic approaches to school violence prevention. Journal of School Violence, 6, 3-31.

Nickerson, A. B. (2007). The use and importance of strength-based assessment. School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice, 2, 15-25. Retrieved from http://www.nasponline.org/publications/spf/issue2_1/nickerson.pdf

Nickerson, A. B. Colby, S. A., Brooks, J. L., Rickert, J. M., & Salamone, F. J. (2007). Transitioning youth from residential treatment to the community: A preliminary investigation. Child and Youth Care Forum, 36, 73-86.

Zhe, E. J., & Nickerson, A. B. (2007). The effects of an intruder crisis drill on children’s self-perceptions of anxiety, school safety, and knowledge. School Psychology Review, 36, 501-508.

Miller, D. N., & Nickerson, A. B. (2007). Changing the past, present, and future: Potential applications of positive psychology in school-based psychotherapy with children and youth. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 24, 147-162.

Gagnon, S. G., Nagle, R. J., & Nickerson, A. B. (2007). Parent-teacher convergence: Ratings of peer interactive play and social emotional development of at-risk preschool children. Journal of Early Intervention, 29, 228-242.

Miller, D. N., & Nickerson, A. B. (2007). Projective techniques and the school-based assessment of childhood internalizing disorders: A critical analysis. Journal of Projective Psychology and Mental Health, 14, 48-58.

Nickerson, A. B., Brock, S. E., & Reeves, M. A. (2006). School crisis teams within an incident command system. The California School Psychologist, 11, 51-60.

Nickerson, A. B., Brooks, J. L., Colby, S. A., Rickert, J. M., & Salamone, F. J. (2006). Family involvement in residential treatment: Staff, parent, and adolescent perspectives. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 15, 681-694.

Nickerson, A. B., Brock, S. E., Chang, Y., & O’Malley, M. (2006). Responding to children victimized by their peers. Journal of School Violence, 5, 19-32.

Nickerson, A. B., & Coleman, M. N. (2006). An exploratory study of attraction, climate, and behavioral outcomes of anger-coping group therapy for children with emotional disturbance. Small Group Research, 37, 115-139.

Brock, S. E., Nickerson, A. B., O’Malley, M, & Chang, Y. (2006). Understanding children victimized by their peers. Journal of School Violence, 5, 3-18.

Jimerson, S. R., Pletcher, S. M. W., Graydon, K., Schnurr, B.L., Nickerson, A. B., & Kundert, D. K. (2006). Beyond grade retention and social promotion: Promoting the social and cognitive competence of students. Psychology in the Schools, 43, 85-97.

Miller, D. N., & Nickerson, A. B. (2006). Projective assessment and school psychology: Contemporary validity issues and implications for practice. The California School Psychologist, 11, 61-72.

Nickerson, A. B., & Nagle, R. J. (2005). Parent and peer attachment in late childhood and early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence, 25, 223-249.

Nickerson, A. B., Brosof, A. M., & Shapiro, V. B. (2004). Predicting positive outcomes for students with emotional disturbance. The California School Psychologist, 9, 39-49.

Nickerson, A. B., Salamone, F., Brooks, J. L., & Colby, S. (2004). Promising approaches to strength-building and family-centered practices: Applications to residential treatment. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 22, 1-18.

Nickerson, A. B., & Zhe, E. J. (2004). Crisis prevention and intervention: A survey of school psychologists. Psychology in the Schools, 41, 777-788.

Nickerson, A. B., & Nagle, R. J. (2004). The influence of parent and peer attachments on life satisfaction in middle childhood and early adolescence. Social Indicators Research, 66, 35-60.

Nickerson, A. B., & Brosof, A. M. (2003). Identifying skills and behaviors for successful inclusion of students with emotional or behavioral disorders. Behavioral Disorders, 28, 401-409.

Nickerson, A., & Nagle, R. (2001). Inter-rater reliability of The Devereux Behavior Rating Scale – School Form: The influence of teacher frame of reference. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 19, 299-316.

Pagliocca, P. M., & Nickerson, A. B. (2001). Legislating school crisis response: Good policy or just good politics? Law and Policy, 23, 373-407.

Books

Jimerson, S. R., Nickerson, A. B., Mayer, M. J., & Furlong, M. J. (2012). Handbook of school violence and school safety: International research and practice (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.

Brock, S. E., Nickerson, A. B., Reeves, M. A., Jimerson, S. R., Lieberman, R. A., & Feinberg, T. A. (2009). School crisis prevention and intervention: The PREPaRE model. Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Nickerson, A. B., Reeves, M. A., Brock, S. E., & Jimerson, S. R. (2009). Assessing, identifying, and treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder at school. New York: Springer Science.

Friedman, M. I., Hatch, C. W., Jacobs, J. E., Lau-Dickinson, A. C., Nickerson, A. B., & Schnepel, K. C. (2003). Educators’ handbook on effective testing. Columbia, SC: Institute for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Education.

Book Chapters

Nickerson, A. B., Savage, T. A., & Woitaszewski, S. A. (2015). School crisis prevention and intervention: Emergency preparedness and response. In R. H. Witte & S. Mosley-Howard (Eds.), Mental health practice in today’s schools: Issues and interventions (pp. 399-418). New York: Springer.

Nickerson, A. B., & Orrange-Torchia, T. (2015). The mental health impact of bullying. In P. Goldblum, D. Espelage, J. Chu, & B. Bongar (Eds.), The challenges of youth bullying and suicide (pp. 39-49). New York: Oxford University Press.

Brock, S. E., Nickerson, A. B., Reeves, M. A., & Jimerson, S. R. (2014). Best practices for school psychologists as members of crisis teams: The PREPaRE model. In A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds.), Best practices in school psychology V (pp. 1487-1504). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Jimerson, S. R., Ruderman, M., Nickerson, A. B., &. Miller, D. N. (2014). School-based interventions and quality of life/subjective-well-being. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life research (pp. 5721-5728). New York: Springer Science.

Miller, D. N., Nickerson, A. B., & Jimerson, S. R. (2014). Positive psychological interventions in U.S. schools: A public health approach to internalizing and externalizing problems. In R. Gilman, E. S. Huebner, & M. J. Furlong (Eds.), Promoting wellness in children and youth: A handbook of positive psychology in the schools (2nd ed.; pp. 478-493). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Nickerson, A. B., & Gurdineer, E. E. (2012). Research needs for crisis prevention. In S. E. Brock & S. R. Jimerson (Eds.), Best practices in crisis prevention and intervention in the schools (2nd ed.; pp. 683-700). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Nickerson, A.B., Pagliocca, P. M., & Palladino, S. (2012). Research and evaluation needs for crisis intervention. In S. E. Brock & S. R. Jimerson (Eds.), Best practices in crisis prevention and intervention in the schools (2nd ed.; pp. 701-730). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Reeves, M. Conolly-Wilson, C. N., Pesce. R. C., Lazzaro, B. R., Nickerson, A. B., Jimerson, S. R., Feinberg, T., Lieberman, R., & Brock, S. E. (2012). Providing the comprehensive school crisis response. In S. E. Brock & S. R. Jimerson (Eds.), Best practices in crisis prevention and intervention in the schools (2nd ed.; pp. 305-316). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Brock, S. B., Jimerson, S. R., Hart, S. R., & Nickerson, A. B. (2012). Preventing, preparing for, and responding to school violence with the PREPaRE Model. In S. R. Jimerson, A. B. Nickerson, M. J. Mayer, & M. J. Furlong (Eds.), The handbook of school violence and school safety: International research to practice (2nd ed., pp. 463-474). New York: Routledge.

Reeves, M. A., Nickerson, A. B., & Brock, S. E. (2011). Preventing and intervening in crisis situations. In T. Lionetti, E. Snyder, & R. Christner (Eds.), A practical guide to developing competencies in school psychology (pp. 193-208). New York: Springer.

Nickerson, A. B., Heath, M. A., & Graves, L. A. (2010). School-based interventions for children impacted by sexual abuse. In M. Paludi & F. L. DenMark (Eds.), Victims of sexual assault and abuse: Resources and responses for individuals and families, Vol. 2: Cultural, community, educational and advocacy responses (pp. 77-99). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Nickerson, A. B., Mele, D., & Osborne, K. (2010). Parent-child relationships and bullying. In S. R. Jimerson, S. M. Swearer, & D. L. Espelage (Eds), The handbook of bullying in schools: An international perspective (pp. 187-197). New York: Routledge.

Miller, D. N., Nickerson, A. B., & Jimerson, S. R. (2009). Positive psychology and school-based interventions. In R. Gilman, E. S. Huebner, & M. J. Furlong (Eds.), Promoting wellness in children and youth: A handbook of positive psychology in the schools (pp. 293-304). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Brock, S. E., Nickerson, A. B., Reeves, M. A., & Jimerson, S. R. (2008). Best practices for school psychologists as members of crisis teams: The PREPARE model. In A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds.), Best practices in school psychology V (pp. 1487-1504). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Nickerson, A. B., Duvall, C., & Gagnon, S. G. (2007). Assessment of home and family dynamics. In B. A. Bracken & R. J. Nagle (Eds.), Psychoeducational assessment of preschool children (4th ed.; pp. 155-171). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Gagnon, S. G., Kidder-Ashley, P., & Nickerson, A. B. (2007). Assessment of school and classroom environment. In B. A. Bracken & R. J. Nagle (Eds.), Psychoeducational assessment of preschool children (4th ed.; pp. 173-193). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Nickerson, A. B., & Osborne, K. (2006). Crisis preparedness and response: Surveys of school professionals. In S. R. Jimerson & M. J. Furlong (Eds.), Handbook of school violence and school safety: From research to practice (pp. 89-101). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Jimerson, S. R., Graydon, K., Pletcher, S. M., Schnurr, B., Kundert, D., & Nickerson, A. (2006). Grade retention and promotion. In G. Bear & K. Minke (Eds.), Children’s needs III: Development, prevention, and intervention (pp. 601-613). Washington, DC: National Association of School Psychologists.

Nickerson, A. B., & Nagle, R. J. (2004). The influence of parent and peer attachments on life satisfaction in middle childhood and early adolescence. Article reprinted in A. Dannerbeck, C. Ferran, & M. Sadurni (Eds.), Quality-of-life research on children and adolescents (Social Indicators Research Series; pp. 35-60). New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Pagliocca, P. M., Nickerson, A. B., & Williams, S. (2002). Research and evaluation directions in crisis intervention. In S. E. Brock, P. J. Lazarus, & S. R. Jimerson (Eds.), Best practices in school crisis prevention and intervention (pp. 771-790). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.


Grants

Current Grants

Principal Investigator [Multiple PI: Rina Eiden and Amanda Nickerson]. “Developmental pathways of violence and substance use in a high risk sample." National Institute of Health ($3,395,047). 7/1/2015-3/31/2020. 1R01DA041231-01 (NIDA)

Principal Investigator [Multiple PI Jennifer Livingston and Amanda Nickerson]. “Evaluation of Second Step family videos to promote child personal safety.” Committee for Children ($249,925). 9/1/2015-8/30/2016.

Co-Investigator. “Peer victimization as a pathway to adolescent substance use.” National Institute for Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism ($1,883,110). PI: Jennifer Livingston. 8/1/2013-7/31/2018. R01 AA021169 (NIAAA)

Principal Investigator. ““PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum program evaluation.” National Association of School Psychologists ($63,888). 8/15/2011-8/14/2016.

Completed Grants

Principal Investigator. “Bullying prevention and individuals with disabilities.” New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council ($50,000). 12/1/2013-11/30/2014. T024307

Principal Investigator. “SOAR residential treatment center program study: Implementing a permanent plan for clinical record keeping.” New York State Office of Child and Family Services ($132,000), 2010-2011. C003011

Co-Principal Investigator. “SOAR residential treatment center program study: Converting the pilot study into a permanent plan for clinical record keeping.” New York State Office of Child and Family Services ($132,000), 2008-2009. PI: David Duffee. CO25638

Principal Investigator. “Research initiatives on school violence and bullying.” Dr. Nuala
McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program of the State of New York/United University Professions ($4,848), 2007.

Principal Investigator. “Authoritarian vs. educational/therapeutic approaches: Effects on crime in U.S. schools.” American Educational Research Association ($34,994). 2005-2007. REC-0310268 (NSF)

Principal Investigator. “Enhancing the social supports of victims of bullying.” Society for the Study of School Psychology Early Career Grants ($17,303). 2004-2005.

Principal Investigator. “Crisis prevention and intervention: A survey of school psychologists.” University at Albany Faculty Research Award Program ($8,128). 2003.