June 14, 2017

Nicole Roberts, Ph.D.

Nicole Roberts, Ph.D.

Associate Director & Associate Professor Social & Behavioral Sciences

Arizona State University


Nicole A. Roberts received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003 and completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral training at the Northern California Veterans Administration Health Care System and University of California, Davis Department of Psychiatry. Prior to joining ASU in 2006, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Roberts’ research focuses on the study of emotion and on the cultural and biological forces that shape emotional responses. For example, this research investigates how ethnicity and culture influence emotional displays and experiences; how the daily hassles of life, such as job stress and sleep deprivation, impact emotion regulation among individuals and couples; and how the emotion system breaks down in patients with psychopathology (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder) or neurological dysfunction (e.g., seizure disorders). Dr. Roberts uses both observational and psychophysiological measures in her work. Her research has been published in the Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Emotion.

Her areas of teaching specialization include introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, multicultural issues in clinical psychology, physiological psychology, and supervision of undergraduate research and clinical practicum experiences.

Title of Grant Funded:
Emotional Responding in Psychogenic Nonepeliptic Seizures


Current Research Update: “My research studies emotion and emotion regulation, the influence of culture, and the translational implications of these processes for clinical disorders and healthy emotional and relationship functioning.”

How IMHR Helped Facilitate This Work: “Support from IMHR has allowed me to pursue a cutting-edge research agenda examining emotional vulnerabilities and mechanisms of functional neurological disorders, specifically psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (seizure-like symptoms that occur in the absence of brain-based epileptic activity).”