Margret Nickels directs the Center for Children and Families at Erikson Institute. She is a clinical psychologist who has worked with parents and children in the Chicago area for more than 25 years.

Among other areas of expertise, she specializes in the development of healthy parent-child attachment relationships, understanding early childhood social emotional and behavior problems, issues related to abuse and neglect, and trauma-based parent-child psychotherapy. She has worked for many years as a forensic psychologist focusing on the assessment of parent-child relationships and parenting capacity evaluations, and has served on several advisory committees to the Child Protection Division of Cook County Juvenile Court.

She is a member of the Illinois Governor’s Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Mental Health and consults on child development and child mental health issues to a number of institutions and agencies in the Chicago area. She teaches child development courses at Erikson and is a frequent commentator on child development and parenting issues in the media.


M.A. in educational psychology, University of Chicago
Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Northwestern University

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