Nicole Cardona, M.A.

Nicole Cardona


Nicole Cardona is a clinical extern at the Boston Child Study Center, where she provides supervised evidence-based treatment for a variety of mood, anxiety, and emotion-related problems. Specifically, Nicole treats adolescents and young adults with emotion dysregulation, suicidal and self-harming behavior, and trauma with dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and DBT-PTSD. She also conducts supervised neuropsychological assessments of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Nicole graduated from Brandeis University in 2015 with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and health sciences. From 2015 to 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, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and suicidal/self-harming behaviors. From 2016-2017, she worked as a Clinical Educator at the 3East DBT/DBT-PE Partial Hospital Program, where she gained additional experience leading groups, teaching DBT skills, and coaching adolescents in crisis. Between 2016 and 2018, Nicole served in multiple roles for BCSC, including group co-leader, clinical specialist, and coordinator of intensive outpatient services. During her previous time at BCSC, she provided in-vivo exposure coaching support, individual and group DBT skills training, and assisted with neuropsychological testing.

Currently, Nicole is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Boston University. During her 2019-2020 clinical training year, she completed a practicum in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and an additional practicum in neuropsychological assessment at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Broadly, Nicole’s clinical and research interests include emotion regulation, personality disorder, trauma and traumatic invalidation, risk behaviors, minority stress, and LGBTQ and BIPOC mental health.