Associate Professor in the UNE College of Pharmacy, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Tufts School of Medicine, and psychiatric and substance use disorder pharmacist.
Dr. Nichols received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo and completed a post-graduate residency at Maine Medical Center. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) and a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP). She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Health program at UNE with a target graduation in 2022.
Dr. Nichols has 15 years of experience providing direct patient care and interprofessional teaching, and has served as a preceptor for more than 100 student and resident learners, including pharmacists and physicians.
At UNE, Dr. Nichols coordinates and teaches in the following courses: Drugs and Disease VIII: Immunomodulation and Pain; Drugs and Disease XI: Neurology (includes Alcohol Use Disorder); Abilities Lab III; Independent Research; and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences in Acute Care and Psychiatry/Substance Use Disorders.
Dr. Nichols is passionate about reducing stigma around mental illness and addiction. She has presented to interprofessional audiences throughout the state, New England region, and across the country. In 2016 she was awarded the Cardinal Health Generations RX Champions Award for community education around nonmedical use of prescription drugs.
She has co-authored over 20 research papers, including works found in the following journals: Current Psychiatry, J of Psychopharmacology, J of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Pain, Pharmacotherapy, and Psychosomatics.
Nationally, Dr. Nichols holds the following appointments: ICER: New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council and CPNP BCPP Editorial Review Board – Senior Editor. She also serves as expert faculty for the Opioid Response Network, providing education to interprofessional audiences throughout the Northeast and funded via SAMHSA.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time in her woods and yard with her husband, Eric, and their dogs, Sage and Basil. She also enjoys reading, gardening, watercolor painting, and visiting/learning about lighthouses.