Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University School of Medicine
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Research interests & goals:
Nicole Heilbron is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. Additionally, she is a Research Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary research interests include the influence of family processes and peer experiences on the emergence and maintenance of adolescent suicidal and self-harming behaviors. She is currently involved in an NIMH-funded study (D. Goldston, PI) focused on the impact of adolescent suicidal behavior on parents, their psychological well-being, parenting practices, and treatment involvement. Dr. Heilbron also has an interest in psychological and psychobiological links between childhood trauma and suicide-related outcomes. She has published articles on the effects of peer experiences (i.e., peer influence, friendship, victimization) on adolescent adjustment, family-based intervention for suicidal adolescents, developmental theories of relational aggression, and functional models of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). Dr. Heilbron is the co-founder (along with Dr. Roger Mills-Koonce) of the Family Diversity Research and Service Initiative (FDRSI). As part of this initiative, she is exploring cultural competencies for clinical work with members of the LGBTQ community and school-based interventions for peer-to-peer harassment related to sexual orientation and gender identity.