Gier, Nicole



  • 40403 Fundamentals of Behavioral Therapy: Contemporary Approaches

Job experience

  • Clinical Social Worker, Comprehensive Care Program, Section of Hospital Medicine, The University of Chicago
  • Field Instructor, School of Social Service Administration Master’s Program, The University of Chicago
  • Private Practice Therapist, Hyde Park, Chicago

Fields of Special Interest

  • Primary care behavioral health integration

  • Chronic pain

  • Social determinants of health

  • Aging and life transitions

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy 

Publications or presentations

  • “A Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Conference for Complex, High-utilizing Patients: A Pilot”, Society for General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April, 2017.

  • “Innovations in Pain Care: A Multi-disciplinary Conference for Chronic Pain”, Midwest Pain Society 40th Annual Scientific Meeting Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, October, 2016.

  • “The Building Blocks of Behavior Change”,  The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, September, 2016.

  • “Motivational Interviewing and Effective Communication in a Research Setting”,  The University of Chicago Section of Hospital Medicine, Chicago, IL, June, 2016.








Skylar Cole

Skylar Cole, AM ’14

Cole has quickly advanced to a leadership role that includes training staff and supervising social work interns. She developed a professional development plan that emulates what she learned at SSA regarding policies, practices, and perspectives. She also believes that SSA prepared her very well to work on teams, both professionally and in the community.