Nathalie Carrick , Ph.D.

Nathalie Carrick, Ph.D.

Office: EC580
Telephone: (657) 278-5593

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Courses Taught

CAS 101 - Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development
CAS 215 - Observations in Early Childhood Settings
CAS 325A - Conception through Age 8
CAS 322 - Advanced Preschool Development


Dr. Carrick received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. Her teaching and research focuses on young children with particular interest in preschoolers. She serves as a Faculty Fellow for the Student Creative Activities and Research on campus.

Research areas

Dr. Carrick’s research interests concern young children's emerging mental representational skills. Specifically, she is interested in how children understand pretense, fantasy, and truths versus lies, with an emphasis on how emotions may influence children's understanding. Her current projects include examining why preschool aged children show a positivity bias in their beliefs about the possibility of emotional events occurring and the role that parents play in shaping children’s beliefs about fantasy and reality.