Nia Billings

Nia Billings

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate

Nia Billings

Nia is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University with a minor in Neuropsychology. Prior to her current program she completed research positions at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health. She has completed clinical training practica at the Children’s Center (Detroit), as well as neuropsychology rotations at the Ann Arbor Veteran Affairs Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. She will begin her predoctoral internship at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Hospital in July 2017.


Nia's research interests include the influences of psychological disorders and acquired brain impairment (ABI) on cognitive functions and behavior, as well as interventions to minimize long-term effects of ABI. She is also interested in reducing health and education disparities among economically underserved and ethnic minority groups. As such, her dissertation project examines racial biases in neuropsychological measures commonly used to assess impairment following ABI.


  • M.S., Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, 2006
  • B.A., Psychology, Loyola University Maryland, 2005

Awards and grants

  • 2016, Wayne State University Graduate Professional Scholarship

    2016, John Teahan Endowed Memorial Award, Excellence in Clinical Training

    2016, Independent Course Teaching Award, Psychology Department, WSU

    2015, Graduate Student Service Award, Psychology Department WSU

Selected publications

 Kanser, R. J., Rapport, L. J., Bashem, J. R., Billings, N. M., Hanks, R. A., Axelrod, B. N., & Miller, J. B. (2017). Strategies of successful and unsuccessful simulators coached to feign traumatic brain injury. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 1-10.

Martin, S., Wolters, P., Billings, N., Tamula, M.A., Welch, P., Darnell, D., Davis, J., Holland, S., & Freeman, A. (2013). Neurobehavioral Profiles in Individuals with Hyperimmunoglobulin E (Job’s) Syndrome and Focal Brain Hyperintensities. Journal of Clinical Immunology, 33(7), 1175-1184.

Courses taught

  • Undergraduate
    • PSY 1010 Intro Psychology Lab
    • PSY 1020 Elements of Psychology
    • PSY 1030 Intro Psychology Lab, Honors
    • PSY 3380  Human Sexuality
    • PSY 3993  Experimental Lab
  • Graduate
    • PSY 7200 Psychological Assessment I, Lab
    • PSY 7210 Psychological Assessment II, Lab