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Elizabeth A. Nick

Graduate Student
Research Area: Clinical Science

Adolescent depression, peer victimization, online social support

Elizabeth Nick is a sixth-year clinical psychology graduate student currently on internship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. As part of "Team Internet" in the Cole Lab, she is interested in how online social support may help to offset the ill effects of stress and victimization on self-esteem and depressive outcomes in youth and adults. As part of this work, she and the team created the Online Social Support Scale, which measures subtypes of social support that have long been recognized in the in-person world in an online context. She is also interested in how cognitive reactivity (the likelihood of having negative thoughts about the self in reaction to negative feelings) is related to depression. Her dissertation focuses on whether cognitive reactivity is a prospective mediator of the effects of online and in-person supportive and victimizing social interactions on depressive symptoms among middle school students. Two waves of data have been collected among over 200 middle school students and data analysis is ongoing. In the future, she seeks to conduct research on intersections among online social support, digital mental health assessment and intervention, depression, and adolescent development. 

Representative Publications

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Cole, D. A., Nick, E. A., Varga, G., Smith, D., Zelkowitz, R., & Ledeczi, A. (In press). Are aspects of Twitter use associated with reduced depressive symptoms? The moderating roles of in-person social support and victimization. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Cole, D.A., Lu, R., Rights, J. D., Braehmer, S. F., Lubarsky, S. R., Mick, C. R., ...Nick, E. A. (In press). Dynamic measures of emotional and cognitive reactivity in college students. Psychological Assessment.

Cole, D. A., Zelkowitz, R. L., Nick, E. A., Lubarsky, S., & Rights, J. (In press). Simultaneously examining negative appraisals, emotion reactivity, and cognitive reactivity. Development and Psychopathology.

Nick, E. A., Cole, D. A., Smith, D. K., Carter, G., & Zelkowitz, R. (2018). The Online Social Support Scale: Measure development and validation. Psychological Assessment, 30(9), 1127-1143. doi:

Fristad, M. A., Ackerman, J. P., & Nick, E. A. (2018). Adaptation of multi-family psychoeducational psychotherapy (MF-PEP) for adolescents: Preliminary findings. Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. doi:

Cole, D. A., Nick, E. A., Zelkowitz, R. L., Roeder, K. M., & Spinelli, T. (2017). 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., Martin, J. M., Jacquez, F. M., Tram, J. M., Zelkowitz, R., Nick, E. A., & Rights, J. D. (2017). Time-varying and time-invariant dimensions of depression in children and adolescents: Implications for cross-informant agreement. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126(5), 635-651. 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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Cole, D. A., Lubarsky, S. R., Nick, E. A., Cho, G. E., Nunez, M., Suarez-Cano, G., Jacquez, F. M., Mick, C., Zhang, Y., Lovette, A. J., Ford, M. A., Lu, R., Gabruk, M. E., Rodgers, J. L. (Under review). The Peer Victimization in College Survey: Construction and validation.

Cole, D. A., Nick, E., & Pulliam, K. (Under review). Are massively multiplayer online role-playing games healthy or not and why?

Cole, D. A., Lu, R., Rights, J. D., Mick, C. R., Lubarsky, S. R., Gabruk, M. E., ...Nick, E. A. (Under review). Emotional and cognitive reactivity: Validating a multilevel modeling approach to daily diary data.

Nick, E. A. & Cole, D. A. (2018). The associations of social support and peer victimization with depressive and self-esteem outcomes in adolescents: A meta-analysis and qualitative review. Manuscript in preparation.

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Nick, E. A. & Cole, D. A. (2019, November). Competing Effects of Social Support and Peer Victimization on Depressive and Self-Esteem Outcomes in Adolescents: A Trio of Meta-Analyses. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Atlanta, GA.

Nick, E. A., Cole, D. A., Skubel, A. E., Carter, G., & Pulliam, K. (2018, April). Social media use as a double-edged sword: Associations with depressive cognitions and symptoms, online victimization, and online social support. Poster accepted to the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Washington, DC.

Nick, E. A., Cole, D. A., Smith, D. S., Carter, G. (2017, November). Social support offsets effects of victimization on depressive thoughts and self-esteem: Both online and in-person. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.

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.


Principal Investigator. 2018 APA Dissertation Research Award. Fall 2018.

Research Achievement Fellowship Award. Vanderbilt University, Fall 2018

Julius Seeman Award. Vanderbilt University, Fall 2017-Spring 2018.

Trainee, NIMH Developmental Psychopathology Training Grant: T32-MH18921. Vanderbilt University, Fall 2016-Spring 2018.

Ursula Meyer Fellowship. Vanderbilt University, Fall 2015-Spring 2016.

Principal Investigator. 2015 American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (APF/COGDOP) Peter and Malina James & Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship. Fall 2014.

Principal Investigator. 2015 APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship. Fall 2014.