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Selected Publications

The following publications are most relevant to my current work, represent my major research areas in health promotion, or are my most highly cited publications.

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Community-Based Transformational Learning: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Student Experiences and Challenges (2020) is available from Bloomsbury Publishing and Amazon.


Teen Pregnancy and Parenting: Rethinking the Myths and Misperceptions (2014) is available from Routledge and Amazon.  

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Papers in Refereed Journals

Aviles, A.*, Cline, S.*, Tian, Z.*, Betar, S. K., Jacobvitz, D. & Nicholson, J. S. (2024). Parental parenting stress, parental mental health, and child behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of Family Psychology. doi. 10.1037/fam0001181
Baker, L. N.*, Witherspoon, D. O., Nicholson, J. S., & Fuglestad, A. J. (2023). The roles of child temperament, parent stress, and parenting style in family mealtimes. Appetite, doi. 10.1016/j.appet.2023.106758
Wright, L., Marsland, C., Ross, J., Arikawa, A., Nicholson-Bell, J., & Epps, J. (2023). Investigation of the multidimensional determinants of negative nutrition coping strategies and tradeoffs in adults accessing food relief: A secondary data analysis. Nutrition and Health, doi. 10.1177/02601060231170248


Nicholson, J. S., Hudak, E.M., Phillips, C.B… & Edwards, J.D. (2022). The Preventing Alzheimer’s with Cognitive Training (PACT) Randomized Controlled Trial, Contemporary Clinical Trials, 123, 1-8. doi. 10.1016/j.cct.2022.106978.


Lopez, B.*, Nicholson, J. S., Johnson, H.,* Garcia, R.*, Powers, T., & Hughes, C. (2022). Review and meta-analysis for the Caregiver’s Feeding Styles Questionnaire administered to low-income families. Eating Behaviors, 46, 1-9. doi. 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2022.101659

Nicholson, J. S., Villamor, M.*, & Wright, L. (2021). A developmental lens on food insecurity: The role of children in the household and age groups on food insecurity impacting mental health. Aging & Mental Health, 1-10. doi. 10.1080/13607863.2021.1989376

Edwards, J., Phillips, C. B., O’Connor, M.L., O’Brien, J.L., Hudak, E.M., & Nicholson, J. S. (2021). Applying the Health Belief Model to quantify and investigate expectations for computerized cognitive training. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 5, 51-61. doi. 10.1007/s41465-020-00183-3

Nicholson, J. S., Barton, J.*, & Simons, A.* (2018). Ability to categorize food predicts food choices in Head Start preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50, 238-246. doi. 10.1016/j.jneb.2017.09.026

Nicholson, J.S. (2018). A community-based intervention for low-income families to reduce children’s blood lead levels between 3-9.9 µg/dL. Children’s Health Care, 47(4), pg. 379-396. doi. 10.1080/02739615.2017.1370673


Nicholson, J.S., & James, L*. (2017). Parental self-efficacy: The development of a measure to prevent children’s environmental contaminant exposure. Journal of Behavioral Health, 6(1), 36-42. doi. 10.5455/jbh.20160914121117

Nicholson, J. S., Deboeck, P., & Howard, W. (2017). Attrition in developmental psychology: A review of modern missing data reporting and practices. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 41(1), 143-153. doi. 10.1177/0165025415618275

Nicholson, J. S., Truelove, H., Barton, J.*, & Moulder, R.* (2016). Measuring college students’ community service attitudes validly and efficiently: Development of a short version of the Community Service Attitudes Scale. Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, 8(4), 18-28.

Nicholson, J.S., & Cleeton, M.* (2016). Sensitivity and specificity of pediatric lead screener questions for detecting lower levels of lead exposure and environmental risk. Clinical Pediatrics, 55(2), 129-136. doi. 10.1177/0009922815584944.

Nicholson, J.S., McDermott, M.*, Huang, Q., Zhang, H., & Tyc, V.L. (2015). Full and home smoking ban adoption after a randomized controlled trial targeting secondhand smoke exposure reduction. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 17(5), 6-12. doi. 10.1093/ntr/ntu201

Clawson, A. M.*, Nicholson, J. S., McDermott, M.*, Klosky, J. L., & Tyc, V. L. (2015). Tobacco use and exposure among youth undergoing cancer treatment. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29(1), 80-87 doi. 10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.07.004

McDermott, M.*, Nicholson, J. S., & Tyc, V.L. (2013). Accuracy and concordance in reporting secondhand smoke exposure among adolescents undergoing treatment for cancer and their parents. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 2(3), 125-129. doi. 10.1089/jayao.2012.0026.

Tyc, V. L., Huang, Q., Nicholson, J. S., Hovell, M. F., Lensing, S., …Schultz, B. (2013). Intervention to reduce secondhand smoke among children with cancer: A controlled trial. Psycho-Oncology, 22(5), 1104-1111. doi. 10.1002/pon.3117

Nicholson, J. S., Tyc, V. L, & Lensing, S. (2012). Parental psychosocial predictors of secondhand smoke exposure for children with cancer. Journal of Child Health Care, 16(3), 211-223. doi. 10.1177/1367493511426422

Nicholson, J. S., Deboeck, P., Farris, J. R., Boker, S. M., & Borkowski, J. G. (2011). Maternal depressive symptomatology and child behavior: Transactional relationship with simultaneous bidirectional coupling. Developmental Psychology, 47(5), 1312-1323. doi. 10.1037/a0023912

Nicholson, J. S., Howard, K. S., & Borkowski, J. G. (2008). Paternal childhood experiences, role models, and metaparenting knowledge. Fathering, 6, 29 – 61.

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