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Allison Nichols, Ph.D.

Lecturer - Sociology


Dr. Nichols has been the Evaluation Specialist for WVU Extension Service since November 2000. As such, she provides training to county Extension faculty and specialists in evaluation techniques and strategies, coordinates the evaluation components of several grant-funded programs, and coordinates the submission of the annual report of accomplishments to the USDA. 

She is currently the chairman of the Extension Education Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association and the northeast representative for Excellence in Extension. She services as the evaluator on E-extension’s Family Caregiving Community of Practice and is a member of the Extension Evaluation Community of Practice. She has received a national research award from the National Extension Family and Consumer Science Association for her evaluation efforts on “Germ City,” and has been a member of the National 4-H Camping Research Consortium since 2005.

Before joining Extension, she was the Evaluator/Researcher/Development Officer for Generations Together, an intergenerational studies program at the University of Pittsburgh and the program manager of the WVU Center on Aging, Research Unit where she coordinated training programs and research projects in gerontology and Alzheimer’s disease. She has published in the areas of program implementation, program evaluation, service-learning, gerontology, and intergenerational studies. 

Dr. Nichols holds a bachelor of science degree from Philadelphia Biblical University, a master's in communications from Wheaton College, Illinois, and a doctorate in educational leadership from WVU.

Recent Publications

Riffe, J., Nichols, A., Kaczor, C., Peck, T., Faulkner, A., Nix, K. (submitted August 2011). Applying an expanded internal coalition outcome hierarchy to community coalitions that address healthy relationships and marriage issues. Journal of Community of Practice. 

Garst, B., Nichols, A., Martz, J., McNeely, N. N., Bovitz, L. Frebertshauser, D. Garton, M., LeMenestrel, S., Walahoski, J. (Spring 2011) Examining youth camping outcomes across multiple states: The national 4-H camping research consortium (NCRC). Journal 

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