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Bio

Hello, I am Nicole Summers. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Experimental Psychology at Saint Louis University. My concentrations are in Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Sciences and Developmental Psychology. More specifically, my research interests are in parental ethnotheories, mothers' socialization of emotions, community research, and cross-cultural differences between Middle Eastern, Latino/Hispanic, and European American families. My past experience includes, but is not limited to, content analysis, archival data, surveys, interviews, and experimental manipulations.

Saint Louis University

Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, concentrations– Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Sciences and Developmental Psychology. Graduate Minor – Research Methodology

(Expected) May 2017

Saint Louis University

M.S. Experimental Psychology, concentration – Developmental Psychology

December 2015

Saint Louis University

Certificate in University Teaching Skills

May 2015

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, USA

B.S. Psychology, Minor in Applied Statistics

April 2012

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, USA

B.A. German

April 2012

International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology , Reims, France

3rd IAACP PhD Summer School

Summer 2014

Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Psychology and German language.

Spring 2010

Adam or Aziz: Mothers’ Socialization of Prosocial Tendencies in 6- to 8-Year Olds During Joint Book Reading

Chair: Janet E. Kuebli

Research Assistant and Data Analyst

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

Prevention Center under the direction of Dr. Sarah Chilenski

2014-Present

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Cross-Cultural and Human Development Lab under the direction of Prof. Dr. Judith Gibbons

Child and Family Lab under the direction of Prof. Dr. Janet Kuebli

2012- Present

Research Assistant / Project Leader

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

Socialization of Emotions under the direction of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Friedlmeier

2009-2012

Research Assistant

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

Children in Daycare Centers, Taxonomy in Children under the direction of Prof. Dr. Brad Morris

2009-2012

Research Assistant / Transcriber

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

Department of Sociology under the direction of Prof. Dr. Hermann Kurthen, Transcription of German and English interviews

2011-2012

Research Assistant

Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Munich, Germany

"Eltern werden ohne Trauschein" under the direction of Prof. Dr. Sabine Walper, current custody situation in Germany to children of unmarried parents

2010

Gibbons, J.L., Summers, N.M., & Poelker, K.E. (In Press). The status of women: Worldwide trends. In C. Brown, E.P Gielen, J.L. Gibbons, & J. Kuriansky (Eds). The Changing Lives of Women Around the World: Psychosocial Perspectives and Insights. New York, NY: Springer

Chilenski, S.M. & Summers, N.M. (2016). The value of social capital: What are its outcomes? In A.G. Greenberg, T.P. Gullotta, & M. Bloom (Eds.), Social Capital and Community Well-being: The Serve Here Initiative, (pp. 67-99). New York, NY: Springer.

Summers, N.M. (2016). Fostering readership of children’s literature in Arabic. International Psychology Bulletin, 20(1), 47-49.

Gibbons, J.L. & Summers, N.M. (2015). Preparing for a global future through interdisciplinary Cultural Research on human development. [Review of the book The Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Approach, by J. A. Jensen (Ed.)]. PsycCRITIQUES, 60(41), 742-745. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0039709

Summers, N.M. (2013, Summer). Psychology in the Arab World with Dr. Ramadan Ahmed. Society for Cross-Cultural Research Newsletter, 9-11.

Summers, N.M. & Poelker, K. (In review). Cultural expertise in U.S. psychology departments: An analysis of faculty profiles.

Mansour, L. Summers, N.M., Mone, I., Kapturia, T., Sanders, V. &Friedlmeier, W. (In progress). Parental conceptions of young children’s competence in five cultural groups.

International

Summers, N.M., Kuebli, J.E., Mii, A., Yong, N., & Yasin, F. (2015, July). The impact of book reading on children’s attitudes toward Syrian refugees and local U.S. families. N.M. Summers(Chair). Patterns of Intergroup Attitudes among Youth. Symposium conducted at the Regional Conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.

Summers, N.M. & Lucy, A. (2014, July). The prevalence of cultural studies in U.S. state colleges and universities. Paper presented at the 22nd International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Reims, France.

National

Summers, N.M. (May, 2016). Fact or fiction: Mother-child discussions about Islam. A.M. Biddle & C. Bellwood (Chairs). Let’s (not?) Talk About Race: Social Transmission of Racial Bias in ParentChild Interactions. Symposium conducted at the 28th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, IL.

Summers, N.M. (2016, February). Islam: A talking point during mother-child joint book reading. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Portland, OR.

Summers, N.M. & Poelker, K. (2015, February). Putting culture on the table: An examination of the United States contribution to cultural research. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Albuquerque, NM.

Summers, N.M., Baban, S., Milad., E., Gibbons, J., & Ahmed, R. (2014, February). Taufel or kitab: Kuwaiti adolescent's drawings of adults as a parent or educator. D.L. Best & H.Ganapathy-Coleman (Chairs). Children’s Learning Environments. ymposium conducted at the 43rd Annual Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Albuquerque, NM.

Summers, N.M., Mubarak, J., Gibbons, J., & Ahmed, R. (2014, February). Adolescent’s conceptions of the ideal adult as a parent or teacher. D. L. Best & J. L. Gibbons (Chairs), Developmental Issues in Different Cultural Settings. Symposium conducted at the 43rd Annual Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Charleston, SC.

Local

Lorenz, M., Summers, N., Poelker, K., & Meyers, J. (2015, April). Ferguson: The Community’s Voice About the Escalation of Events after the Murder of Michael Brown. Paper presented at Saint Louis University Graduate Student Association Symposium, St. Louis, MO.

Summers, N.M., Mubarak, J., Gibbons, J., & Ahmed, R. (2014, April). There is more to life than success and good looks: Egyptian adolescents’ views on parents and teachers. Paper presented at the Saint Louis University Graduate Student Association Symposium, St. Louis, MO.

Adjunct Instructor, PSY 1010-02: General Psychology

Saint Louis University,

St. Louis, MO

Spring 2017

Adjunct Instructor, PSY 3210-03: Developmental Psychology-Child

Saint Louis University,

St. Louis, MO

Spring 2016

Adjunct Instructor, PSY 3210-01: Developmental Psychology-Child

Saint Louis University,

St. Louis, MO

Fall 2015

Teaching Assistant, PSY 393-01: Disciplines & Practices in Psychology

Saint Louis University,

St. Louis, MO

Spring 2015

Teaching Assistant, PSY 393-01: Disciplines & Practices in Psychology

Saint Louis University,

St. Louis, MO

Spring 2014

Teaching Assistant, PSY 426-01/ WSTD 420-01: Psychology of Women

Saint Louis University,

St. Louis, MO

Spring 2013

I would be happy to meet with you if you would like my assistance with your research, teaching or other related topics. Although my time is somewhat limited, I continually seek out opportunities to meet others with similar research interests and am open to collaboration and employment opportunities.
You can find me at my office in 2403 Morrissey Hall every weekday until around 5p. I am in and out throughout the day with meetings, studies and other engagements, so it is best to send me an eMail to make an appointment.