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Nicolette Rickert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Applied Developmental Psychology
Brannen Hall 1026
(912) 478-7105 
ResearchGate Profile


Nicolette Rickert received her B.A. in Psychology from Willamette University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Portland State University with a concentration in Developmental Science and Education and a minor in Quantitative Statistical Methodology. Dr. Rickert’s research is focused on how the complex social ecologies of adolescents’ school and family lives shape the development of their academic engagement and motivation. More specifically, she examines the combined, similar, and differential impacts of parent and teacher involvement, interpersonal relationships, and malleable self-theories (e.g., sense of relatedness, mastery orientations) on adolescents’ educational success. Her work also studies methodological strategies for capturing developmental pathways across social contexts. She enjoys working with students to nurture their interest and skills in applied, school-based research.

Dr. Rickert’s teaching interests cover lifespan human development, adolescent development, motivation and engagement, research methods and statistics, and advanced topics in developmental science and quantitative statistics. Her teaching style employs mastery grading and fostering a respectful and positive classroom climate with the goal of creating a life-long passion for learning in all students. She enjoys incorporating students’ interests, experience, and feedback to provide relevant, diverse content across learners and strives to overcome barriers to understanding research methods and statistics by making content approachable, applicable, and interesting.

Last updated: 12/19/2023