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Nicole A. Wernimont

Adjunct Faculty
Palo Alto University
United States of America


Dr. Nicole Wernimont is an Adjunct Professor in the Palo Alto University Bachelor of Science in Business Psychology Program. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford University Psy.D. Consortium. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, with an emphasis in Women’s Mental Health and Trauma, and her pre-doctoral internship at the Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System. Prior to obtaining her doctorate in clinical psychology, Dr. Wernimont completed a B.A. in philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with an emphasis in existential philosophy. Dr. Wernimont’s clinical and research expertise are in the areas of posttraumatic stress, including complex PTSD, posttraumatic growth, and women’s mental health. She has made numerous professional and peer-reviewed presentations in these areas. Additionally, her dissertation research combined her interest in psychology and philosophy by developing an existential-cognitive model of posttraumatic growth, which focuses on the roles of perceived agency, freedom, and responsibility in developing posttraumatic meaning.

Research Interest

Treatment of Traumatic Stress and Cultivation of Posttraumatic Growth; Treatment of Substance Use Disorders; Self-Care and Mindfulness for Clients and Clinicians; Multiculturalism in Counseling and Clinical Psychology; Psychology of Women; LGBTQQIA Mental Health


  • McDermott R, Wernimont N, Koopman C (2011) Applying psychology to international studies: Challenges and opportunities in examining traumatic stress. International Studies Perspectives 12: 119-135.

  • Koopman C, Wernimont N (2012) Ethical and scientific considerations of traumatic stress in the international context, Paradigm Publishers.

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