Karie Nicholas

Karie Nicholas
  • Alumni - Certificate - Fourth World Studies / MA Degree - Social Psychology
Biographical Information:I began a certificate with the Center for World Indigenous Studies in
preparation for the pursuit of my Master’s degree. I received my
Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Western Washington University in 1994 before taking time off of school for my family and to teach Ballet to a diverse student body, including children with disabilities and non-traditional students. During my time teaching I found a strong appreciation for the role of art in healing.

During my studies with CWIS I was able to develop a strong understanding of the effects of Globalization on Fourth World and Developing nations, as well as the structures and process of traditional knowledge preservation and transmission, through research and travel to India. My formal research addressed the formation of a global-community psychological theory examining solutions to issues pertaining to health in fourth world nations and indigenous cultures. As a final project I conducted a literature review on topics related to either a universal psychology theory and/or an indigenist psychological theory. The analysis was conducted by dividing the topic into two meta-theory subsections: 1) Nature (genetics and diet) and 2) Nurture (culture, religion and lifestyle). This research supported using psychological approaches in conjunction with standard health care among indigenous cultures where tradition and ritual are important tools for addressing global health epidemics, improving economic equality and for overall community health.

I was able to integrate my research into my Master’s in Social Psychology at APUS where I am focusing on developing a Universal-Indigenous Theory of Developmental Psychology, synthesizing the ideas of various Indigenous cultures with western theorists like Carl Jung and Jean Paiget and emphasizing the importance of art and ritual in healing and life transitions. As a student at APUS I earned a place on the Dean’s List and became a member of the Golden Key International Honour’s Society.