Bailey Nichols is a PhD student within the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR) in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Dietetics and Psychology. Upon graduating, she spent four years in Wilmington, Delaware serving in various roles within the non-profit, UrbanPromise. The vision of UrbanPromise Wilmington is “to be a community in Christ of servant leadership and transformation, seeking a full life for all involved: urban youth, families, volunteers, and staff in the neighborhoods of our city.” UrbanPromise accomplishes this vision primarily through after school programs, summer camps, an affordable private elementary school and high school, a sports program, and a job training program for teenagers. Bailey’s experience with UrbanPromise greatly impacted her worldview and informed her decision to pursue an MSW at the University of Pittsburgh.
Through the MSW program, Bailey participated in the Edith M. Baker Integrated Health Fellowship. She is currently interested in improving the integration of mental health within primary health settings through dissemination and implementation science. Likewise, she is also interested in social work roles within integrated settings and the accessibility of social determinants of health.