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Clinical Advisory Staff

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Steven W. Nicholas Ed.D



Dr. Nicholas has his doctorate in Counseling and Educational Psychology.  He has been practicing as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) since 2007 and has immersed himself in the phenomena of trauma and the potential growth from adverse events.  Additionally, he is the in-house mental health clinician for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District in Northern Nevada.  In recent years, he has worked with BLM wildland firefighters; his trainings are aimed at normalizing the cultures of stress and trauma exposure.

Throughout his studies and teachings, Dr. Nicholas has worked with individuals, couples, families, and organizations impacted by the co-occurrences of substance use disorders and mental health diagnoses.   In addition to doctoral publications analyzing how families create greater relational connections after suicide loss, Dr. Nicholas was a contributing investigator for the DSM-5.   Dr. Nicholas has resided in northern Nevada for over forty-five years and has a comprehensive private practice in Reno.  

  • Act as a mental health resource subject matter experts

  • Provide guidance to NNPSN BOD in related mental health matters

  • Provide recommendations on mental health best practices

  • Act as a soundboard member of the NNPSN community

  • Recommends other appropriate community resources

  • Engage in NNPSN community initiatives

  • Share insightful, innovative ideas with NNPSN community

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