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Jody Nicholson

Jodi Nicholson 
Faculty Bio 


Associate Professor

Phone: (904) 620-2807


Office: 51/3211


Research Interests

I engage in community-based and prevention scholarship through a developmental lens, which recognizes the importance of research being connected with and embedded in the Jacksonville community and considers contextual factors related to development across the lifespan. I have two main lines of research. My research has traditionally focused on examining health decision-making parents make for their young children in the context of nutrition and feeding styles, with a focus on low-income families. My research is transitioning to late adulthood. I am the site-PI for a randomized, clinical trial funded by the NIH, Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training (PACT; I am interested in co-decision-making related to health in older adults and on recruitment and retention issues related to studies targeting individuals in late adulthood.

Areas of Expertise

Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Selected Publications

Nicholson, J. S., Villamor, M., & Wright, L. (in press). A developmental lens on food insecurity: The role of children in the household and age groups on food insecurity impacting mental health. Aging & Mental Health.

Edwards, J., Phillips, C. B., O’Connor, M.L., O’Brien, J.L., Hudak, E.M., & Nicholson, J. S. (in press). Applying the Health Belief Model to quantify and investigate expectations for computerized cognitive training. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement.

Winterbottom, C. Nicholson, J. S., & Richard, F. D. (2020). Community-based transformational learning: An interdisciplinary inquiry into its benefits and challenges. Bloomsbury Press, London.

Nicholson, J. S., Barton, J., & Simons, A.* (2018). Ability to categorize food predicts food choices in Head Start preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50, 238-246. doi. 10.1016/j.jneb.2017.09.026

Nicholson, J.S., & James, L*. (2017). Parental self-efficacy: The development of a measure to prevent children’s environmental contaminant exposure. Journal of Behavioral Health, 6(1), 36-42. doi. 10.5455/jbh.20160914121117 


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Pediatric Psychology 

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital



Ph.D., M.A., Developmental Psychology

University of Notre Dame



B.S. Human Development and Family Sciences 

University of Texas at Austin