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Nicole Harrington

Nicole Harrington

Graduate Student Assistant Alumni

518 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802


Nicole Harrington is a doctoral candidate in the department of Criminology at Penn State University. Her research interests center around the collateral consequences of incarceration including negative youth outcomes (e.g. mental health and externalizing behaviors) following the incarceration of a parent. Nicole has assisted in collecting survey data in prisons as part of the Women’s Prison Network Study (WO-PINS). She has also assisted in conducting qualitative interviews for both the Therapeutic Community Re-Entry Prison Network Study (TCR-PINS) and the Women’s Re-Entry Prison Network Study (WOR-PINS). Nicole’s dissertation research focuses on the experiences of parents who currently have a child incarcerated in a women’s prison in Pennsylvania, emphasizing how these parents cope with such an event and the impact that a child’s incarceration can have on family members relationships with others in the community.

Nicole received her M.A. in Criminology from Penn State University and her B.A. in Criminology, with a minor in Psychology, from Saint Anselm College. Prior to coming to Penn State, she worked with juvenile delinquents at the John H. Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester, New Hampshire as part of an internship.