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Douglas College > Programs & Courses > Faculties > Humanities and Social Sciences > Psychology > Faculty > Nicole Vittoz
Position: Instructor and Department Chair
Department: Psychology/Social Science
Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Office: NW N3431
Office Phone: (604) 527-5336
Education and Credentials
Academic and Professional Profile
After years as a full-time researcher on topics related to cognition, mental illness and addiction, Nicole realized at some point that the best days at her job were the days when she was training and mentoring students in the laboratory. She came to understand that teaching may be truly enjoyable and fulfilling as a career. Upon completion of her postdoctoral fellowship at UBC, Nicole became the director of an interdisciplinary training program in the area of gender and addiction, and also began teaching courses at local postsecondary institutions. In 2012 she had the good fortune of joining the Psychology/Social Science faculty at Douglas College. She continues to dabble in research projects on decision making and memory as an honours student supervisor, and has enjoyed contributing to the institution through service on college committees and as department chair.
Methodology, Biopsychology, Psychopharmacology
Nicole has a long-standing interest in the neural underpinnings of decision making. Recent research projects addressed biological factors that impact cognitive bias, and focus on themes such as rationality vs. emotionality and risk/impulsivity in decision making. She is interested in the contribution of these factors to sub-optimal decision making in various practical arenas, for example, when and how to start studying for an exam, political alignment, drug addiction, or the level of risk to which one exposes a financial institution.
Open to Supervising Honours Students for 2018-19: NO
Professional Affiliations and Community Service
2016 - present, Editorial Board Member, Visions Community Mental Health Journal, BCMHA
2011 - present, Board Member, Kaleidoscope Mental Health Support Society
Hobbies and Interests
Music (playing clarinet), indoor rock climbing, yoga, cuddling cats
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Selected Conference Presentations: