Nicole Polen-Petit completed her undergraduate B.A. degree with honors in Psychology at Whitworth University. From there, she attended the University of California, Davis and completed her M.S. in Child Development and Ph.D. in Human Development in 2006. It was during her graduate education that Nicole began to T.A. in large undergraduate courses in Human Sexuality.
Upon the completion of her doctoral degree, Nicole remained at UC Davis as an adjunct faculty member in the department of Human Development where she has continuously taught Human Sexuality to 500+ students every quarter. Nicole has been the recipient of the department’s Instructor of the Year Award (2008 & 2010).
Complementing her experience in the classroom, Nicole also worked in a community mental health agency that served children and adolescents in the Sacramento region. In this agency, she provided clinical training to staff on a variety of clinical and psychological issues. In this environment she maintained a keen interest in the applied clinical and physical health aspects of sexuality.
In 2010, Nicole accepted a faculty position at National University in the Department of Psychology. Today, she teaches a variety of courses to a diverse student body. Her research interests include sexual fluidity in women as well as sexual identity development in self-identified bisexual women. She also co-authored Human Sexuality: Self, Society and Culture with Dr. Gilbert Herdt.
Nicole lives east of Sacramento with her husband, and three daughters. Her free-time is often spent in the company of her extended family. She is a scrapbook enthusiast, Disney-lover and enjoys reading for leisure when not reading for research, writing and teaching.