Nicole Kouri

Nicole Kouri

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
Graduate Teaching Assistant

nicolekouri@wayne.edu

 5057 Woodward Ave., 7th Fl., #7406

Curriculum vitae

Nicole Kouri

Department

Clinical Psychology

Nicole is a first year doctoral student in clinical psychology working with Dr. Valerie Simon. She is interested in the intersection between recurrent childhood trauma, dissociation, psychophysiology, and how systems, whether they be institutional or familial promote potentially maladaptive coping strategies. Both her research and clinical work have taught her the importance of the body and an individual’s connection to it. Nicole's research explores how the relationship between identity and the body develops and systematically sustains itself through cognitive, affective, and relational reinforcement.

Prior to attending Wayne State, Nicole obtained her MA in psychology at the New School in New York City with a concentration in subtance abuse. She also researched the effects of childhood trauma on threat detection, dissociation, emotion dysregulation, and psychophysiology, working with Dr. Wendy D’Andrea in the Trauma and Affective Psychophysiology Lab. Nicole previously worked in foster care and was a research coordinator in the Psychiatry Department at New York University Medical Center, conducting behavioral and neuroimaging studies with veterans experiencing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Psychophysiological markers of dissociation.

  • The relationship between complex trauma and dissociation, including distress tolerance for uncertainty, anticipatory and attentional bias, emotion regulation, and embodied cognition.

  • Phenomenological approaches to researching autobiographical memory, meaning making, and embodied cognition.

  • Substance use and emotion dysregulation, including impulsivity.

Education

  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; Clinical Psychology, PhD Candidate, 2019 – Present
  • New School for Social Research, New York, NY; Clinical Psychology, MA 2019
  • Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; BA 2010
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; Clinical Psychology, PhD Candidate, 2019 – Present
  • New School for Social Research, New York, NY; Clinical Psychology, MA 2019
  • Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; BA 2010

Awards and grants

  • The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation Caul Research Grant, Received July 2018

  •  The New School for Social Research Merit Scholarship, Received March 2017

Currently teaching

  •  PSY 1010, Introductory Psychology Laboratory

  •  PSY 1030, Introductory Psychology Laboratory