Department of Psychology

Nicki Aubuchon-Endsley, Ph.D.

Nicki Aubuchon-Endsley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


B.S. (2006) in Cognitive Neuroscience (Biology, Psychology), University of Denver
M.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2012) in Clinical Psychology (Behavioral Medicine, Quantitative Methods), Oklahoma State University
Pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Residency (2011-2012), Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2014), Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Research Interests

My interdisciplinary research program broadly includes examination of pre- and postnatal maternal stress-related disorders and health indicators/behaviors that program offspring neurobehavioral and cardiometabolic risk. I am particularly interested in interactions between maternal perinatal depression and obesity/nutrition and the association of these risk factors with infant outcomes. My research also seeks to understand biological and behavioral mechanisms underlying these relations, with a current emphasis on the roles of stress hormones and parenting in socioeconomically-diverse samples.

My clinical and teaching interests broadly include assessment (cognitive, behavioral, and personality) and provision of behavioral health interventions. I am also interested in quantitative methods and training in Clinical Psychology.

Selected Publications

Nicki L. Aubuchon-Endsley and Jennifer L. Callahan. Exploring Pretreatment Expectancies in a Campus Mental Health Setting: The Validation of a Novel Expectancies Measure

Janna Colaizzi, Nicki Aubuchon-Endsley, Stephanie L. Grant, Tay S. Kennedy, David G. Thomas. Typical and Atypical Development of Visual Attention in 3- to 9-Month-Old Infants

Aubuchon-Endsley, Nicki L.; Callahan, Jennifer L.; Scott, Shakibra. Role Expectancies, Race, and Treatment Outcome in Rural Mental Health

Nicki L. Aubuchon-Endsley, Margaret H. Bublitzb, Laura R. Stroudb. Pre-pregnancy obesity and maternal circadian cortisol regulation: Moderation by gestational weight gain

Myers, E. R, Aubuchon-Endsley, N., Bastian, L. A., Gierisch, J. M., Kemper, A. R., Swamy, G. K., . . . Sanders, G. D. (2013). Efficacy and safety of screening for postpartum depression: Comparative effectiveness review. (Prepared by the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10066-I.). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Available at:

Aubuchon-Endsley, N., Thomas, D. G., Kennedy, T. S., Grant, S. L., & Valtr, T. (2012). Interactive relations among maternal depressive symptomology, nutrition, and parenting. Women & Health, 52(3), 197-213. doi:10.1080/03630242.2012.662933

Aubuchon-Endsley, N., Kennedy, T.S., & Thomas, D. G. (2012). Postpartum iron status and depression symptoms affect parenting. (Research Update F&N 6-1). Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

Aubuchon-Endsley, N., Grant, S., Thomas, D. G., Kennedy, T., Berhanu, G., Stoecker, B. J., . . . Hambidge, K. M. (2012). Infant responsiveness, alertness, hemoglobin and growth in rural Sidama, Ethiopia. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 82, 1238-1251. doi:10.1111/j.1740-8709.2011.00391.x

Aubuchon-Endsley, N. L., Grant, S. L., Berhanu, G., Thomas, D. G., Schrader, S. E., Eldridge, D., . . . Hambidge, M. (2011). Hemoglobin, growth, and attention of infants in Southern Ethiopia. Child Development, 82, 1238-1251. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01596.x

Thomas, D. G., Grant, S. L., & Aubuchon-Endsley, N. L. (2009). The role of iron in neurocognitive development. Developmental Neuropsychology, 34, 196-222. doi:10.1080/87565640802646767