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Nicole M. Cain, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


B.A. Psychology, Cornell University
M.S. Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Cain received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009. She completed her APA-accredited internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in 2009 and was a research postdoctoral fellow at The Personality Disorders Institute at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College from 2009-2011.

Research Interests

Dr. Cainís research interests focus on exploring phenotypic heterogeneity in Axis I and Axis II disorders and how heterogeneity influences diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical outcome. Specifically, she has investigated the need to expand the assessment of pathological narcissism to include narcissistic grandiosity as well as narcissistic vulnerability and has used the interpersonal circumplex to examine the impact of interpersonal styles and problems on the presentation, course, and outcome of specific Axis I disorders. Dr. Cain is interested in developing and testing interventions to more effectively assess and treat patients who have similar Axis I pathology but differing interpersonal styles.


Cain, N.M., Ansell, E.B., Wright A.G., Hopwood, C.J., Thomas, K.M., Pinto, A., Markowitz, J.C., Sanislow, C.A., Zanarini, M., Shea, M.T., Morey, L.C., McGlashan, T.H., Skodol, A.E., & Grilo, C.M. (in press). Interpersonal pathoplasticity in course of major depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Cain, N.M., Ansell, E.B., & Pinto, A. (in press). Cluster C personality disorders and anxiety disorders. In D. McKay & E. Storch (Eds.), Handbook of Treating Variants and Complications in Anxiety Disorders. New York: Springer

Levy, K.N., Meehan, K.B., Cain, N.M., & Ellison, W. D. (in press). Narcissism in the DSM. In J.S. Ogrodniczuk (Ed.), Treating Pathological Narcissism.

Cain, N.M., Pincus, A.L., & Grosse Holtforth, M. (2010). Interpersonal subtypes in social phobia: Diagnostic and treatment implications. Journal of Personality Assessment, 92, 514-527.

Pincus, A.L., Ansell, E.B., Pimentel, C.A., Cain, N.M., Wright, A.G., & Levy, K.N. (2009). Initial construction and validation of the Pathological Narcissism Inventory. Psychological Assessment, 21, 365-379.

Cain, N.M., Pincus, A.L., Ansell, E.B. (2008). Narcissism at the crossroads: Phenotypic description of pathological narcissism across clinical theory, social/personality psychology, and psychiatric diagnosis. Clinical Psychology Review, 28, 638-656.

Pincus, A.L. & Cain, N.M. (2008). Interpersonal psychotherapy. In D.C.S. Richard & S.K.Huprich (Eds.), Clinical Psychology: Assessment, Treatment, and Research (pp. 215-247). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Levy, K.N., Wasserman, R.H., Scott, L.N., Zack, S.E., White, C.N., & Cain, N.M., Fischer, C., Eubanks-Carter, C., Clarkin, J.F., & Kernberg, O.F. (2006). The development of a measure to assess putative mechanisms of change in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 54, 1325-1331.


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