University of Calgary

David Nicholas

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean (Res & Partner)
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • Child & Adolescent Development, Child Welfare, Child Trauma, Youth in the Criminal Justice System
  • Clinical Practice
  • Disabilities
  • Participatory Action Research

Research Interests


Accessibility & Inclusion:

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


David Nicholas, PhD, RSW, joined the Faculty of Social Work in the Central and Northern Alberta Region as an Associate Professor in 2008. He has a background in psychosocial outcome and intervention research related to children, youth and families affected by illness and disability. Dr. Nicholas brings expertise in qualitative and mixed method research approaches. He brings an extensive clinical and administrative background in the fields of social work and health and disability.

Dr. Nicholas is the author of over 70 research publications. Over the past 20 years he has held over $12 million in research grants, and has been a PI on major grant funding from the federal and provincial sources including grants funded by SSHRC and CIHR. Dr. Nicholas has been a key leader in nurturing capacity building, addressing vocational issues in ASD, and building partnerships in Canada and internationally. Much of his current research focuses on seeking more equitable opportunities for obtaining and retaining employment for persons with ASD

Current Research

Dr. Nicholas is currently collaborating with several interdisciplinary teams to conduct the following studies:

Nicholas, D.B., Graham, J., & Shier, M. (2015-2017). Workplace violence in Alberta child welfare. Government of Alberta – Occupational Health and Safety Futures. $158,663. 

Nicholas, D.B., Hodgetts, S., Clarke, M., & Plue, L. (2015-2017). Building Employer Capacity in Advancing Employment Opportunity for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. $153,098.

Cohen, E., Berry, J., Brehaut, J., Guttman, A., Lim, A., Mahant, S., Major-Cook, N., McNeil, D., Morinis, J., Nicholas, D., Offringa, M., Peebles, E., Ray, J., Rosenbaum, P., Stremler, R., Stromquist, L., To, T., Vigod, S., Williams, L., Wodchis, W. (2015-2021). Health Outcomes of Children with Medical Complexity and their Caregivers. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. $997,729. 

Zwaigenbaum, L., Bryson, S.E., Brian, J., Garon, N., Kushki, A., Nicholas, D., Scherer, S., Schmidt, L., Smith, I., Szatmari, P., & Vaillancourt, T. (2015-2021). A Foundation Grant to Improve Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. $1,583,584.

Nicholas, D.B., West, L.J., Caulfield, T.A., & Mantulak, A.P. (2015-2017). Organ Donation Determinants and Approaches: A Critical Review with a Focus on Kidney Transplantation. Kidney Foundation of Canada. $99,997

Nicholas, D.B. (2015-2016). The Development of a Repository of Evaluation Metrics for Employment Support Programs in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Speaks Canada. $25,000

McCrimmon, A., Smith, A., & Nicholas, D. (2014-2015). The Elephant in the Room: Talking to Children with ASD about their Diagnosis. Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research. $39,460.

Soscia, J., Orkin, J., Cohen, E., Adams, S., Nicholas, D., Marcon, P., & Gallagher, K. (2014-2015). The experience of caregivers of children with medical complexity receiving blenderized tube feeding: a qualitative study. Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto, Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition, $11,730

Nicholas, D.B., Zwaigenbaum, L., Clarke, M., Lowe, K., McMorris, C., & Mitchell, W.  (2014-2017).  Examining Labour Force Participation among Adults with High-Functioning Autism.  Social Science and Humanities Research Council Canada, Insight Grant, $287,688.

Mackie, A. S. Rempel, G. R., Nicholas, D. (2014-2016). Congenital Heart Adolescents Participating in Transition Evaluation Research: The CHAPTER III Study of Young Adolescents, Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI) 2014 Innovation Grant Competition, $49,998.

Adams, S., Cohen, E., Mahant, S., Kanani, R., Nicholas, D., & Boydell, K. (2014-2015). An Exploration of Care Mapping Among Families of Children with Medical Complexity (CMC). Associated Medical Services, AMS Phoenix Project Call to Caring Grant, $20,000.

Nicholas, D. B., Zwaigenbaum, L., Clarke, M., Ghali, L., Hodgetts, Mitchell, W., & Johnson, A.  (2014-2015).  An Exploratory Examination of the Transition to Adulthood in Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Alberta Centre for Family, Child and Community Research, Small Investigator Grant, $39,787. 

Pelech, W.J., Babins-Wager, R.B., Basso, R.V., Este, D.C., & Nicholas, D.B. (2013-2017). Reconceptualizing the Role of Diversity in Group Development. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Insight Grant. $209,790.

Nicholas, D.B., Schneider, N., Hewitt, J., Lepitre, N. (2013-2016). Development and Piloting of Nationally Leading Curricula for Job Coach Training in Autism. Autism Speaks Canada. $25,000

Nicholas, D.B. (2013-2015). NeuroDevNet: Health Economics and the Social Determinants of Health as a Framework for Understanding Socioeconomic and Quality of Life Outcomes Among Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and their Caregivers. NeuroDevNet. $153,000.

Zwaigenbaum, L., Nicholas, D.B., Roberts, W., Muskat, B., Newton, A., Sharon, R., Ranapalan, S., & Cohen-Silver, J.  (2012- 2015). Evaluating the Impact of Emergency Room Services for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS ATN) & Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P).  $299, 582.

Mackie, A., Magill-Evans, J., Nicholas, D.B., Rempel, G., & Vonder Muhll, I.  (2012-2015).  Congenital Heart Adolescents: Program of Transition Evaluation Research (The CHAPTER program).  Mazankowksi Alberta Heart Institute/University Hospital Foundation (UHF) Innovative Team Grants.  ($300,000).  


BSW (University of Calgary)

MSW (University of Calgary)

PhD (University of Toronto)

Professional and Community Associations

Dr. Nicholas is a registered social worker in Alberta and the Coordinator of Research at the Central and Northern Alberta Region. He also holds a number of cross appointments, including: Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Alberta; Research Affiliate at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Centre; and Academic Member at the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, University of Alberta.  Dr. Nicholas is involved in multiple national and international bodies.  As an example, he is an Advisory Board, member of International Institute for Qualitative Methodology.  He is in  multiple key networks including NeuroDevNet,, a National Centre of Excellence; and faculty ,ember of the CIHR-funded Autism Research Network.


•Dr. Beverley J. Antle Legacy of Hope Award Recipient for Excellence in Social Work (2008)

Media Work

Interview, Researchers study work experiences of adults on autism spectrum. UToday, January 2016.


Interview, Innovative solutions for supporting adults with ASD. Globe and Mail, April 2014.


Interview, CommunityWorks Canada: Government of Canada announces funding for joint venture between the Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada. Globe Newswire, February 2014.


Interview, People with autism can work.  Apple Magazine, Spring 2013, Issue 10.

Telephone interview with S. Dobson, Senior Editor, Canadian HR Reporter.

Employment of people with autism. A Thompson Reuters business, June 2013.


Interview, Make room in the workplace for people with Autism. CBC Radio, The Current, January 17, 2013


Interview, Stress test. UToday, University of Calgary. September 2012.


Interview, The Autism Project: A worker with autism may be your best employee.  Toronto Star, November 2012.  

Refereed Publications from 2008-Present

Nicholas, D.B., Zwaigenbaum, L., Muskat, B., Craig, W.R., Newton, A.S., Cohen-Silver, J., Sharon, R.F., Greenblatt, A., & Kilmer, C. (2016). Toward practice advancement in emergency care for children with autism spectrum disorder: The perspectives of parents and health care providers. Pediatrics, 137(s205). doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-2851S

Zwaigenbaum, L., Nicholas, D.B., Muskat, B., Kilmer, C., Newton, A.S., Craig, W.R., Ratnaplan, S., Cohen-Silver, J., Greenblatt, A., Roberts, W., & Sharon, R. (2016). Perspectives of health care providers regarding emergency department care of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2703-y

Badone, E., Roberts, W., Nicholas, D.B., & Quinlan, J. (2016). Asperger's Syndrome, Subjectivity and the Senses. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11013-016-9484-9

Nicholas, D.B., Zwaigenbaum, L., Ing, S., MacCulloch, R., Roberts, W., McKeever, P., & McMorris, C. (2015). "Live it to understand it": The experiences of mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Qualitative Health Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049732315616622

Dudley, C., Nicholas, D.B., & Zwicker, J.D. (2015). What do we know about improving employment outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder? SPP Research Papers, 8(32), 1-35. Retrieved from

Hodgetts, S., Zwaigenbaum, L., & Nicholas, D.  (Aug. 2015). Profile and predictors of service needs for families of children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism, 19(6), 673-683. doi:10.1177/1362361314543531

Ip, A.W.S., Zwaigenbaum, L., Nicholas, D., & Sharon, R. (2015). Factors influencing autism spectrum disorder screening by community paediatricians. Paediatrics &Child Health, 20(5), e20-e24. Retrieved from

Kreitzer, L., McLaughlin, A.M., Elliot, G., & Nicholas, D. (2015). Qualitative examination of rural service provision to persons with concurrent developmental and mental health challenges. European Journal of Social Work, 19(1), 46-61. doi: 10.1080/13691457.2015.1022859

Muskat, B., Burnham Riosa, P., Nicholas, D.B., Roberts, W., Stoddart,  K.P., & Zwaigenbaum, L. (2015). Autism comes to the hospital: The experiences of patients with autism spectrum disorder, their parents and health-care providers at two Canadian paediatric hospitals. Autism, 19(4), 482-490. doi: 10.1177/1362361314531341

Nicholas, D.B., Newton, A.S., Calhoun, A., Dong, K., deJong-Berg, M.A., Hamilton, F., Kilmer, C., McLaughlin, A.M., & Shankar, J. (2015). The experiences and perceptions of street-involved youth regarding emergency department services. Qualitative Health Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049732315577605

Kelly, E., Ivers, N., Zawi, R., Barnieh, L., Manns, B., Lorenzetti, D.L., Nicholas, D., Tonelli, M., Hemmelgarn, B., Lewanczuk, R., Edwards, A., Braun, T., & McBrien, K.A. (2015). Patient navigators for people with chronic disease: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Review, 4(28). doi:10.1186/s13643-015-0019-1

Nicholas, D.B., Attridge, M., Zwaigenbaum, L., & Clarke, M.  (2015). Vocational support approaches in autism spectrum disorder: A synthesis review of the literature. Autism, 19(2), 1-11.

Hendson, L., Reis, M.  D., Nicholas, D.  B. (2015). Health care providers’ perspectives of providing culturally competent care in the NICU.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 44(1), 17-27. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12524  

Graham, J.R., Shier, M.L., & Nicholas, D. (2015). Workplace congruence and occupational outcomes among social service workers. British Journal of Social Work. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu153

Nicholas, D.B., Roberts, W., & Macintosh, C. (2014). Advancing vocational opportunities for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Proceedings from the 1st annual Canadian ASD Vocational Conference. Currents: Scholarship in Human Services, 13(1), 1-19.

Lowe, K., Dudley, C., Dutton, D.J., Zwicker, D.J., McMorris, C., Emery, H., Nicholas, D.B., & Clarke, M. (2014). Laying the foundation for policy: Measuring local prevalence for autism spectrum disorder. University of Calgary School of Public Policy Research Papers, 7(28). Retrieved from

Gentles, S.J., Jack, S.M., Nicholas, D.B., & McKibbon, K.A. (2014). A critical approach to reflexivity in grounded theory. The Qualitative Report, 19(25), 1-14. Retrieved from

Shankar, J., Liu, L., Nicholas, D., Warren, S., Lai, D., Tan, S., Zulla, R., Couture, J., & Sears, A. (2014).  Employers’ perspectives on hiring and accommodating workers with mental illness. Sage Open, 1-13. doi: 10.1177/2158244014547880

Jivraj, J., Sacrey, L. A., Newton, A., Nicholas, D., & Zwaigenbaum, L.  (2014). Assessing the influence of research-partnered involvement on the process and outcomes of participatory research in autism spectrum disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders: A scoping review.  Autism, 18(7), 782-793.

Anthony, S.  J., Nicholas, D.  B., & West, L.  J. (2014).  A struggle to survive:  The experience of awaiting pediatric heart transplantation. Pediatric Transplantation, 18(8), 868-874.

Mackie, A.  S., Islam, S., Magill-Evans, J., Rankin, K.  N., Robert, C., Schuh, M., Nicholas, D., Vonder Muhil, I., McCrindle, B.  W., Yasui, Y., Rempel, G.  R.  (2014).  Healthcare transition for youth with heart disease:  A clinical trial.  Heart, 100(14), 1113-1118.

Racine, E., Bell, E., Yan, A., Andrew, G., Bell, L.  E., Clarke, M., Dubljevic, V., Goldowitz, D., Janiver, A., McLachlan, K., Muhajarine, N., Nicholas, D., Oskoui, M., Rasmussen, L.  A., Roberts, W., Shevell, M., Wade, L., & Yager, J.  Y.  (2014).  Ethics challenges of transition from paediatric to health care services for young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities.  Paediatrics & Child Health, 19(2), 65-8. 

McNeill, T., Nicholas, D.  B., Beaton, J., Montgomery, G., MacCulloch, R., Gearing, R., & Selkirk, E.  (2014). The co-construction of couples’ roles in parenting children with a chronic health condition.  Qualitative Health Research, 24, 1114-1125.

Rempel, G.  R., Ballantyne, R.  T., Magill-Evans, J., Nicholas, D.  B., & Mackie, A.  S.  (2014).  Texting teens in transition:  The use of text messages in clinical intervention research.  JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 2(4), e45. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.3232

Ng, V., Nicholas, D., Dhawan, A., Yazigi, N., Ee, L., Storman, M., Gilmour, S., Schreiber, R., Taylor, R., & Otley, A.  (2014). Development and validation of the pediatric liver transplantation quality of life:  A disease-specific quality of life measure for pediatric liver transplant recipients.  The Journal of Pediatrics, 165(3), 547-555.

Nicholas, D. B., Hendson, L., Reis, M.  D. (2014).  Connection versus disconnection: Examining culturally competent care in the neonatal intensive care unit.  Social Work in Health Care, 53(2), 135-155. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2013.864377

Hodgetts, S., McConnell, D., Zwaigenbaum, L., & Nicholas, D.  (2014). The impact of autism services on mothers’ occupational balance and participation.  OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 34(2), 81-93.

Nicholas, D.B., Thompson, A.H., Lyseng, O., Shand, T., Sutherland, S., Hutchinson, C., Carr, A., Springer, S., Skariah, D., Bucknor, T., Demay, P., & Skariah, S. (2013). Evaluation of a mental health research database for stakeholders. Journal of Community Medicine and Health Education, 3(7), doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.1000257

Nicholas, D.B., Paterson, B. & Gutwin, C. (2013).  Examining preferences for website support to parents of adolescents with diabetes. Social Work in Health Care, 52(9), 862-879. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2013.827144

Tiemens, K., Nicholas, D.B., & Forrest, C.  (2013). Living with difference: Experiences of adolescent girls with cleft lip and palate.  The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 50(2), e27-e34.doi: 10.1597/10-278

Nicholas, D.B., Clarke, M. & Emery, H. (2013). Enabling the workplace: Enhancing integration for persons with disabilities. Policy: Canadian Politics and Public Policy, 1(1), 26-28.

Hodgetts, S., Nicholas, D.B., Zwaigenbaum, L. & McConnell, D. (2013). Families’ and professionals’ perceptions of family-centered care for children with autism across service sectors. Social Science & Medicine, 96, 138-146. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.07.012

Hodgetts, S., Nicholas, D.B., & Zwaigenbaum (2013). Home Sweet Home? Families’ experiences with aggression in children with autism spectrum disorders.  Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 28(3), 166-174. doi: 10.1177/1088357612472932.

Barrera, M., Granek, L., Shaheed, J., Nicholas, D.B., Beaune, L., D’Agostino, N.M., Bouffet, E., & Antle, B. (2013).  The tenacity and tenuousness of hope:  Parental experiences of hope when their child has a poor cancer prognosis. Cancer Nursing, 36(5), 1-9. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0b013e318291ba7d

Granek, L., Barrera, M., Shaheed, J., Nicholas, D.B., Beaune, L., D’Agostino, N., Bouffet, Antle, B. (2013). Trajectory of parental hope when a child has difficult-to-treat cancer: A prospective qualitative study. Psycho-Oncology, 22(11), 2436-2444. doi: 10.1002/pon 3305.

Adams, S., Cohen, E., Mahant, S., Friedman, J.  N., MacCulloch, R., & Nicholas, D.B.  (2013). Exploring the usefulness of comprehensive care plans for children with medical complexity (CMC): A qualitative study.  BMC Pediatrics, 13, 10.  doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-13-10.

Nicholas, D.B., Fellner, K.  D., Frank, M., Small, M., Hetherington, R., Slater, R., Daneman, D.    (2012). Evaluation of an online education and support intervention for adolescents with diabetes.  Social Work in Health Care, 51(9), 815-827.  doi: 10.1080/00981389.2012.699507.

McNeill, T., & Nicholas, D.B.  (2012).  Strategies for research development in hospital social work: A case study.  Research on Social Work Practice, 22(6), 672-679.  doi: 10.1177/1049731512450214.

Nicholas, D.B., Chahauver, A., Brownstone, D., Hetherington, R., McNeill, T., & Bouffet, E.  (2012).  Evaluation of an online peer support network for fathers of a child with a brain tumour.  Social Work in Health Care, 51(3). 232-245. Doi: 10.1080/00981389.2011.631696.

Beaune, L., Nicholas, D.B, & Hocken, J.  (2012).  Lessons learned for pediatric pandemic planning in palliative care: A case study.  Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine, 2(5). doi:10.4172/2165-7386.1000120.

Clarke, M., Emery, H., Kneebone, R., & Nicholas, D.B. (2012, May).  A basic annual income for the neuro-developmentally disabled in Canada.  Policy Option/Options Politiques, 3(5), 56-61.Retrieved from

Mulligan, J., MacCulloch, R., Good, B., & Nicholas, D.B.  (2012).  Transparency, hope and empowerment: A model for partnering with parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder at diagnosis and beyond.  Social Work in Mental Health, 10(4), 311-330.  doi: 10.1080/15332985.2012.664487.  

Christie, D., Romano, G., Barnes, B. Madge, N., Nicholas, D.B., Koot, H. M., Armstrong, D.F., Shevlin, M., Kantaris, X., Khatun, H., & Sutcliffe, A. G.  (2012).  Exploring views on satisfaction with life in young children with chronic illness: An innovative approach to the collection of self-report quality of life data from children under 11. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 17(1), 5-15. doi: 10.1177/1359104510392309. 

Rifat, A., Barrera, M., Alam, R., Mammone D’ Agostino, N., Nicholas, D.B., & Schneiderman, G. (2012). Bereavement experiences of mothers and fathers over time after the death of a child due to cancer.  Death Studies, 36(1), 1-22. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2011.553312

Mackie, A. S., Rempel, G. R., Rankin, K.N., Nicholas, D.B., & Magill-Evans, J. (2012). Risk factors for loss to follow-up among children and young adults with congenital heart disease.  Cardiology in the Young, 22(3), 307-315.  doi: 10.1017/S104795111100148X.

Zwaigenbaum, L., Scherer, S., Szatmari, P., Fombonne, E., Bryson, S.E., Hyde, K., Anognostou, E., Brian, J., Eccans, A., Hall, G., Nicholas, D.B., Roberts, W., Smith, I., Vailancourt, T., & Volden, J. (2011). The NeuroDevNet autism spectrum disorders demonstration project.  Seminars in Pediatric Neurology, 40-48. doi: 10.1016/j.spen.2011.02.003

Nicholas, D.B., Fellner, K.D., Koller, D., Fontana Chow, K., & Brister, L. (2011). Evaluation of videophone communication for families of hospitalized children.  Social Work in Health Care, 50(3), 215-29. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2010.531998

Mahant, S., Pastor, A.C., DeOliveira, L., Nicholas, D.B., & Langer, J.C. (2011).  Well-being of children with neurologic impairment after fundoplication and gastrojejunostomy tube feeding. Pediatrics, 128(2), e395-403. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-1253

Nicholas, D.B., Otley, A.R., Taylor, R., Dhawan, A., Gilmore, S., Ng, V.L. (2010). Experiences and barriers to health-related quality of life following liver transplantation: A qualitative analysis of the perspectives of pediatric patients and their parents. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 8, 150. doi:  10.1186/1477-7525-8-150

Nicholas, D.B., Picone, G., & Selkirk, E.K. (2010). The lived experiences of children and adolescents with End Stage Renal Disease. Qualitative Health Research, 21(2), 162-173. doi: 10.1177/1049732310382789

Koller, D., Nicholas, D.B., Gearing, R.E., & Kalfa, O. (2010).  Paediatric pandemic planning: Children's perspectives and recommendations. Health and Social Care in the Community, 18(4), 369-377. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2524.2009.00907

Kenaszchuk, C., Reeves, S., Nicholas, D.B., & Zwarenstein, M. (2010).  Validity and reliability of a multiple-group measurement scale for interprofessional collaboration.  BMC Health Services Research, 10(83). Retrieved from

MacCulloch, R., Nyhof-Young, J., Nicholas, D.B., Donaldson, S. and Wright, J.G. (2010). Development of an online information and support resource for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients considering surgery:  Perspectives of health care providers.  Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders, 5(13). Retrieved from

Nicholas, D.B., Lach, L., King, G., Scott, M. Boydell, K., Sawatzky, B.J., Reisman, J., Schippel, E., & Young, N.L. (2010).  Contrasting internet and face-to-face focus groups for children with chronic health conditions: Outcomes and participant experiences.  International Journal of Qualitative Methodology, 9(1), 105-121.

Nicholas, D.B.,Fleming-Carroll, B., & Keatings, M. (2010). Examining organizational context and a developmental framework in advancing interprofessional collaboration: A case study. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 24(3), 319-322. doi: 10.3109/13561820903163892

Mulligan, J., Steel, L. MacCulloch, R., & Nicholas, D.B. (2010). Evaluation of an information resource for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, 14(2), 113-126. doi: 10.1177/1362361309342570

Nicholas, D.B., Patershuk, C., Koller, D., Bruce-Barrett, C., Lach, L., Zlotnik-Shaul, R., & Matlow, A. (2010). Pandemic planning in pediatric care: A website policy review and national survey data.  Health Policy, 96(2), 134-142. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.01.007

MacCulloch, R., Donaldson, S., Nicholas, D., Nyhof-Young, J., Hetherington, R., Lupea, D., & Wright, J.G. (2009). Towards an understanding of the information and support needs of surgical adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients: A qualitative analysis. Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders, 4(12). Retreived from

Nicholas, D.B., Gearing, R.E., McNeill, T., Fung, K., Lucchetta, S., & Selkirk, E. (2009). Experiences and resistance strategies utilized by fathers of children with cancer. Social Work and Health Care, 48(3), 260-275. doi: 10.1080/00981380802591734

Nicholas, D.B., Dell, S.D., Fleming-Carroll, B., & Selkirk, E. (2009). An evaluation of pediatric asthma resources. Social Work in Health Care, 48(4), 450-461. doi: 10.1080/00981380802589936

Nicholas, D.B., Williams, M. & MacLusky, I.B. (2009). Evaluating groupwork within a summer camp intervention for children and adolescents with asthma. Social Work with Groups, 32(3), 209-221. doi: 10.1080/01609510802527425

Barrera, M., O’Connor, K., D’Agostino, N., Spencer, L., Nicholas, D.B., Jovcevska, V., Tallett, S., & Schneiderman, G. (2009). Early parental adjustment and bereavement after childhood cancer death. Death Studies, 33(6), 497-520. doi: 10.1080/07481180902961153

Young, N., Varni, J., Snider, L., McCormick, A., Sawatzky, B., King, G., Hetherington, R., Sears, E., Nicholas, D.B.  (2009). The Internet is valid and reliable for child-report: An example using the ASK and PedsQL.   Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 62(3), 314-320. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2008.06.011

Gearing, R. E., Mian, I., Sholonsky, A., Barber, J., Nicholas, D.B., Lewis, R., Solomon, L., Williams, C., Lightbody, S., Steele, M., Davidson, B., Manchanda, R., Joseph, L., Handelman, K. & Ickowicz, A.  (2009). Developing a risk-model of time to first-relapse for children and adolescents diagnosed with a psychotic disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 197(1), 6-14. doi:10.1097/NMD.0b013e31819251d8

Nicholas, D.B., Picone, G., Vigneux, A., McCormick, K., Mantulak, A., McClure, M., & MacCulloch, R. (2009). Evaluation of an online peer support network for adolescents with chronic kidney disease. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 27(1), 1-11. doi: 10.1080/15228830802462063

Nicholas, D.B., Swan, S., Gerstle, J.T, Allan, T., Griffiths, A. (2008). Struggles, Strengths and Strategies: An ethnographic study exploring the experiences of adolescents living with an ostomy. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 6(114). Retrieved from

Nicholas, D.B., Gearing, R.E., Koller, D., Salter, R. & Selkirk, E.  (2008). Pediatric epidemic crisis: Lessons for policy and practice development.  Health Policy, 88(2-3), 200-208. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2007.11.006

Cohen, E., Rosenbaum, P. & Nicholas, D.B.  (2008). A home for medically complex children: The role of hospital programs.  Journal for Healthcare Quality, 30 (3), 7-15.


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