Associate Professor Angela Nickerson

Associate Professor Angela Nickerson

Associate Professor Angela Nickerson

Associate Professor & Director Masters of Psychology (Clinical) Program

Ph.D./MPsychol(Clin), UNSW, 2009
B.A. (Hons), UQ, 2004

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 0538
Email: Associate Professor Angela Nickerson
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 1101a

Research Summary

Research Areas: Refugee and post-conflict mental health, mechanisms underlying psychological effects of torture and trauma, phenomenology and treatment of posttraumatic stress reactions.

Current Research Projects:
Project: Refugee Adjustment Study
Project: Tell Your Story: A Digital Intervention for Reducing Stigma in Traumatized Refugees
Project: Investigating Psychological Mechanisms Underpinning Refugee Mental Health

Research Group: Refugee Trauma & Recovery Program UNSW Australia


Nickerson, A., Garber, B., Liddell, B. J., Litz, B., Hofmann, S. G., Asnaani, A., Ahmed, O., Chueng, J., Huynh, L., Pajak, R. & Bryant, R. A. (2017). Impact of cognitive reappraisal on negative affect, heart rate and intrusive memories in traumatized refugees. Clinical Psychological Science, 5, 497-512

Nickerson, A., Bryant, R. A., Silove, D., & Steel, Z. (2011). A critical review of psychological treatments for post traumatic stress disorder in refugees. Clinical Psychology Review, 31,399-417.
Nickerson, A., Barnes, J. B., Creamer, M., Forbes, D., McFarlane, A., O’Donnell, M., Silove, D., Steel, Z., & Bryant, R. A. (2014). The temporal relationship between post traumatic stress disorder and problem alcohol use following traumatic injury. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123, 821-834
Nickerson, A., Schnyder, U., Morina, N., Schick, M., Mueller, J. & Bryant, R. A. (2015). Moral injury in traumatized refugees. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 84, 122-123
Li, S., Liddell, B. J., & Nickerson, A. (2016). The relationship between post-migration stress and psychological disorders in refugees. Current Psychiatry Reports, 18, 82.

For a full listing of all of my publications, please view my UNSW Research Gateway profile.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Selected Grants

2018 to 2022: National Health and Medical Resaerch Council (NHMRC) Project Grant, Nickerson, Cloitre & O'Donnell, Phase-Based Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Traumatized Refugees

2018 to 2022:National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Career Development Fellowship. Trauma and Recovery: Understanding and Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Refugees

2016-2019: Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant. Nickerson, Liddell, Steel, Berle, O'Donnell, McMahon, O'Neil, Romios & Dryza. The impact of insecure residency on adaptation of refugees in Australia

2015-2017: Beyondblue/ Movember Grant. Nickerson, McMahon & Christensen, Tell Your Story: An Online Intervention to Reduce Stigma Related to PTSD in Refugees

2013 to 2016 : National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant,  Nickerson, Litz & Hofmann, The Phenomenology and Treatment of Emotion Dysregulation in Traumatized Refugees

2012 to 2016: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Research Fellowship, Nickerson, Emotion Regulation in Traumatized Refugees

2009: American Australia Association Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral research at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard University in 2010 $25,000


2017: Royal Society of NSW Edgeworth David Medal.

2017: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award

2009: First Prize in Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Research Excellence Awards

Affiliations & Memberships

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies