Nicole Cardona holds the titles of clinical and research assistant, and coordinator of IOP services at the Boston Child Study Center. Nicole provides in-vivo exposure coaching support, individual and group skills training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), executive function skills coaching, and assistive case management for youth and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression and behavioral disorders. In addition, Nicole works with Dr. Jerskey to develop research initiatives, assists Dr. Lambright and Dr. Rowley with neuropsychological testing, coordinates BCSC’s Intensive Outpatient Services for Complex Care in collaboration with Dr. Madigan and Dr. Lambright, and is working with Dr. Madigan to develop DBT programming for schools and agencies in New England.
Nicole graduated with highest honors from Brandeis University in 2015, where she received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and health studies. During her time at Brandeis, she worked as a research assistant for the Development, Sex, and Aggression lab, where she studied childhood maltreatment and borderline personality traits in adult male offenders. She also received her teaching certification for infants and toddlers from the Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children. From March 2015 to March 2016, Nicole worked at McLean Hospital’s 3East Girls’ Intensive Adolescent DBT Residential Program as a Community Residence Counselor, where she gained significant clinical experience working with adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, emerging borderline personality disorder, suicidality and self-harming behaviors. Nicole then moved to the 3East DBT and DBT-PE Partial Hospital Program, where she gained additional experience leading groups, teaching DBT skills, and coaching adolescents in crisis.
Nicole came to BCSC in June 2016 as co-leader for the DBT skills training group, before joining the team full-time in June 2017. In addition to her work at BCSC, she is currently a visiting research scholar for the Development, Sex, and Aggression Lab at Brandeis University, and a research assistant at the Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development at McLean Hospital. Her clinical and research interests currently include underserved children and adolescents, suicidality and self-injury, trauma, transgender and gender diverse youth, and youth with learning differences.