Professor Angela Nickerson

Professor Angela Nickerson

Professor Angela Nickerson

Professor & Director, Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program

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

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 0538
Email: 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: Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Refugees

Project: Pathways to Refugee Welbeing in Indonesia

Project: Refugee Adjustment Study

Project: Investigating Psychological Mechanisms Underpinning Refugee Mental Health

Research Group: Refugee Trauma & Recovery Program UNSW Australia


Byrow, Y., Pajak, R., Specker, P., & Nickerson, A.(2020) Perceptions of mental health and perceived barriers to mental health help-seeking amongst refugees: a systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 75, 101812.

Nickerson, A., Byrow, Y., Pajak, R., McMahon, T., Bryant, R. A., Christensen, H. & Liddell, B. J. (2020). Tell Your Story: A randomized controlled trial of an on-line intervention to reduce mental health stigma and increase help-seeking in refugee men with posttraumatic stress. Psychological Medicine, 50, 709-712.

Nickerson, A., Byrow, B., O’Donnell, M., Mau, V., McMahon, T., Pajak, R. Li, S., Hamilton, A, Minihan, S., Liu, C., Bryant, R. A., Berle, D. & Liddell, B. (2019). The association between visa insecurity and mental health, disability and social engagement in refugees living in Australia. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10, 1688129.

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