Nicole Kouri

Nicole Kouri

Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Nicole Kouri


Nicole is a fifth year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology working with Dr. Valerie Simon. She is interested in the intersection between interpersonal violence, posttraumatic stress, and dissociation, and how systems, whether institutional or familial, promote potentially maladaptive coping strategies. Nicole is examining how symptoms of posttraumatic stress and dissociation influence interpersonal functioning in adolescence. Both her research and clinical work have taught her the importance of the body and an individual’s connection to it. Nicole also specializes in statistics and is a consultant for Wayne State's Research Design and Analysis Unit.

Prior to attending Wayne State, Nicole obtained her master's degree in psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City with a concentration in substance abuse counseling. 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 posttraumatic stress disorder.


  • Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Graduate Fellow, Wayne State University (2021–Present)
  • The Ben & Brenda Rosen Award for Teaching and Research, Wayne State University (April 2023)
  • Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP), Wayne State University (2022–2023)
  • Betty J. Neitzel Psychology Graduate Students Summer Research Award, Wayne State University (Summer 2022)
  • Wayne State University Office of the Provost’s Research Stimulus Award Program in Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health (June 2021)
  • Competitive Thomas Rumble Fellowship, Wayne State University (2020)
  • The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation Caul Research Grant (July 2018)
  • The New School for Social Research Merit Scholarship (2017–2019)

Research Focus


Posttraumatic stress

Substance use and addiction


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