About Dr. Nishina

Associate Professor, Human Ecology, UC Davis

PhD - Clinical Psycholoy, UCLA

MS - Clinical Psychology, UCLA

BA - Psychology; Anthropology, UCLA

My research focuses on adolescent peer relationships and ethnicity within broader social contexts.  With an eye toward preventive interventions, I study the individual and contextual factors under which peer victimization or bullying predicts greater psychosocial, physical, and academic maladjustment.  I also examine the interplay between ethnic diversity in peer groups--primarily in school or friendship settings--and adolescent functioning.  Recent collaborative work has explored ways in which food exchanges during lunchtime at school can inform our understanding of peer relationships.  To explore these research areas I use both short- and longer-term longitudinal, quantitative study designs in elementary school, middle school, high school, and early college samples. 


Am I accepting PhD students this year?

YES!! I am accepting PhD students for the 2020-2021 incoming class.  Please apply for both admission and university fellowships by the priority deadline on December 15, 2019 and contact me with any questions. 


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