Nicole is a first year PhD student and received her master’s in the Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University in 2021 where she studied loneliness, social networks, and risk and resilience in adolescence. She dual majored in psychology and human development and graduated with honors from Washington State University in 2017. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a research coordinator in one lab that examined the effects of peer rejection experiences and psychological variables on pain perception. While in this lab, she participated in the University Scholars Honors Program at WSU and received grant funding for her thesis on catastrophizing, affect, and pain outcomes. In another lab, she coordinated a study examining prenatal stress and maternal attachment. Throughout her research work and course studies, she has developed an interest in the mechanisms and psychological correlates that are related to resiliency and adaptive functioning. She hopes to examine social support, coping skills, and affect in this context. Her ultimate goal is to become a teacher, mentor, and scientist.