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Elizabeth A. Nick

Graduate Student
Research Area: Clinical Science

Adolescent depression, peer victimization, online social support

Elizabeth Nick is a third-year clinical psychology graduate student. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and after attending Northwestern University, she held clinical research assistant positions at The Ohio State University’s Childhood Mood Disorders Lab and Clinical Trials Unit for two years. At Vanderbilt, she works with her advisor, Dr. David Cole, on a variety of projects involving online spaces (social networking sites, apps, and gaming), online and in-person social support and victimization, self-esteem, and depressive thoughts and feelings in youth and adults. She and the rest of “team internet” are currently investigating whether online social support can mitigate the detrimental effects of in-person victimization and stress on psychosocial outcomes in youth.

Representative Publications

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Cole, D. A., Nick, E. A., Zelkowitz, R., Roeder, K., Spinelli, T. (Under review). Online social support for young people: Does it recapitulate in-person social support; Can it help? Computers in Human Behavior, 68, 456-464. doi: 

Cole, D. A., Zelkowitz, R. L., Nick, E., Martin, N. C., Roeder, K. M., Sinclair-McBride, K., & Spinelli, T. (2016). Longitudinal and incremental relation of cybervictimization to negative self-cognitions and depressive symptoms in young adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 1-12. doi:

Fristad, M. A. & Nick, E. A. (2015). Bipolar disorder during childhood and adolescence. In R. J. DeRubeis & D. R. Strunk (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Mood Disorders. doi: 9780199973965.013.25

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Nick, E. A., Cole, D. A., Smith, D. K., Carter, G., Zelkowitz, R. (Under review). The Online Social Support Scale: Measure development and validation. Psychological Assessment.

Cole, D. A., Martin, J. M., Jacquez, F. M., Tram, J. M., Zelkowitz, R., & Nick, E. A. (Under review). Time-varying and time-invariant dimensions of depression in children and adolescents: Implications for cross-informant agreement. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Cole, D. A., Nick, E. A., Varga, G., Smith, D., Zelkowitz, R., Ledeczi, A. (Under review). Does social media use offset or exacerbate the effects of in-person social problems on depressive thoughts and symptoms? Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

Fristad, M. A., Ackerman, J. P., & Nick, E. A. (In preparation). Adaptation of multi-family psychoeducational psychotherapy (MF-PEP) for adolescents: Preliminary findings. 

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Smith, D., Carter, G., Nick, E., & Cole, D. (2016, April). Online and in-person social support and victimization: Effects on self-esteem and depression. Poster presented at the Middle Tennessee Psychological Association Conference, Murfreesboro, TN.

Fristad, M. A., Ackerman, J. P, & Nick, E. A. (2013, June). Multi-family psychoeducational psychotherapy (MF-PEP) for adolescents with bipolar disorder and depression: A pilot study. Poster presented at the International Conference on Bipolar Disorders, Miami Beach, FL. 

Lo, S. L., Frost, A. M., Nick, E. A., Hoyt, L. T., Craske, M. G., Zinbarg, R. E., Mineka, S. M., & Adam, E. K. (2012, May). Adolescent depression and anxiety disorders: Relations with high school performance and college enrollment. Poster presented at the annual Association for Psychological Science meeting, Chicago, IL.


Ursula Meyer Fellowship (Vanderbilt University, Fall 2015-Spring 2016)