Faculty Profile

Dr. Nicole S. Sorhagen

Dr. Nicole S. Sorhagen

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Psychology (Developental Concentration), Temple University


Nicole.Sorhagen@millersville.edu
Office: Susan P. Luek Hall 210-D
Phone: 871-4194

Office Hours

M: 10:00am-12:00pm
T: 12:00-1:00pm
W: 12:00-2:00pm
Comments: Other hours by appointment

Additional Information

My Curriculum Vitae

I studied Psychology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (B.A. in Psychology), Villanova University (M.S. in Experimental Psychology), and Temple University (Ph.D. in Psychology, concentrating in Developmental Psychology). After completing my Ph.D., I was an Institute for Education Sciences postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to Millersville University, I taught undergraduate and graduate classes at Temple University, LaSalle University, and Immaculata University. Most of these classes focused on Developmental Psychology or Statistics.

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on interpersonal and contextual influences on children’s and adolescents’ cognitive development, achievement, self-identity, and adjustment. This research interest has led me to explore the intersection of developmental psychology, social psychology, and educational psychology. I also specialize in statistical methods, which has allowed me to investigate a wide variety of research questions by applying different analytic strategies. Much of my work is relevant to ameliorating the persistent achievement gaps in America by income, gender, and ethnicity. One of my main lines of work concerns the effects of adults’ inaccurate perceptions of a child’s ability on that child’s cognitive development and achievement. In another line of research I use an ecological perspective to study effects of status hierarchies by considering the effects of adolescents’ relative income status, or the position of adolescents’ family income in relation to the incomes of their neighbors.  I welcome and encourage students to come aboard and get involved in my research!

In addition to teaching and research, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, taking long walks with my dog Annie, and listening to NPR.