Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate
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.
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- 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
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.
- PSY 1010 Intro Psychology Lab
- PSY 1020 Elements of Psychology
- PSY 1030 Intro Psychology Lab, Honors
- PSY 3380 Human Sexuality
- PSY 3993 Experimental Lab
- PSY 7200 Psychological Assessment I, Lab
- PSY 7210 Psychological Assessment II, Lab