Elisabeth Nickels, Ph.D., M.A.

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  • Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Adjustment to Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Long Covid, Mindfulness, Rehabilitation Psychology ...read more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 443-997-5476
600 N. Wolfe Street
Meyer Building 1-130
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Fax: 410-614-4033

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-5476
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 2100
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
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Elisabeth Nickels, Ph.D., is a counseling psychologist with expertise in health and rehabilitation psychology. She specializes in adjustment to acute and chronic illness, injury and disability, chronic pain management and health psychology intervention. 

Dr. Nickels obtained a master of arts degree and a master’s degree in education in psychological counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York. She completed a predoctoral internship in psychology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation and Human Performance in New York and then obtained her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She continued her training as a postdoctoral fellow in health psychology and psycho-oncology at Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Her research and clinical interests include the role of social and emotional factors in adjustment, health behaviors and quality of life in the prevention and management of acute and chronic health conditions. With a background in the arts, Dr. Nickels also has experience in teaching and performing music and theater.

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  • Instructor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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  • Psychology; California Pacific Medical Center (2020)

Activities & Honors


  • Graduate Merit Fellowship, Ball State University, 2015 - 2017


  • American Psychological Association (APA), 2015
  • APA Division 38, Health Psychology, 2015
  • APA Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology, 2017

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