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Dr. Nicole J. Lucas

 Dr. Nicole Lucas

Dr. Nicole J. Lucas
Associate Professor
Chairperson of Sociology Department

Office: Taylor Science, Room 110
Phone: (910) 672-1122

Office Hours (Fall 2017):
By appointment only


Dr. Nicole Lucas is the Chair in the Department of Sociology at Fayetteville State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 from Oberlin College where she majored in psychology and African American Studies. She then received her Master of Science (2003) and Doctor of Philosophy (2008) degrees in Sociology from Virginia Tech. Her areas of specialization are mental health, health disparities, and social policy.

Dr. Lucas was a Minority Fellowship Program Fellow during her tenure as a doctoral student at Virginia Tech. The Fellowship was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). After graduating with her doctoral degree, Dr. Lucas accepted a Post Doctoral Fellowship with the Center for Africana Studies and Race and Social Policy at Virginia Tech.

Presently, Dr. Lucas' research centers on understanding the relationship between informal and formal social support and mental health outcomes among African Americans. She has received funding from UNC Chapel-Hill to support her research endeavors in this area. Dr. Lucas also received funding from The National Historically Black College and University Research Network to support her research pertaining to health disparities. Her future goals include engaging in research that will allow her to have a holistic understanding of the social, biological, environmental, and cultural factors associated with health disparities.

Courses Taught
SOCI 330 - Marriage and Family Relations
SOCI 412 - Race and Ethnic Relations

Areas of Research Interest
African American Health and Mental Health Issues
Race, Class, and Gender
Health Disparities
Mental Health
Social Policy


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