Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Professor Nilsen is our Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Studies until January 2019—joining us from the Department of Psychology, where she was recently Associate Chair, Graduate Studies. Prof. Nilsen’s research focuses on socio-cognitive development in the preschool and school years, with a specific focus on children’s communication skills. She is a research supervisor for graduate students in the Clinical Psychology program, supervises the clinical activities of graduate students training in the Centre for Mental Health Research & Treatment, and is director of the Cognitive Development Lab.
Q & A with Liz
What do you consider the most important function of your AD Grad Studies role over the six months?
As much as I’d like to push through new initiatives like “disco-wear Tuesdays”, 6 months is not much time to have such radical changes. Thus, I see continuing to support the departmental grad officers in ensuring the success of their graduate students as being my main objective. Within Arts we have diverse graduate programs and a stellar set of graduate students who are conducting exciting research – these aspects make it a pleasure to be stepping into this role.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Climbing some big rocks somewhere, watching my little ones puddle-jump, and ocean views
What is your idea of misery?
Traffic and lukewarm coffee.
What is your favourite food or drink?
(Decent) ice cream.
What natural talent would you most like to possess?
(For the sake of my family during camping trips), the ability to carry a tune and/or remember the words to songs.