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Nicole Cantoni

PhD Student

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School of Social Work
1010 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Office: 2080


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Nicole Cantoni earned both her MSW and her B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. After earning her MSW Nicole worked as a Case Manager at a homeless social services center, which built upon her clinical experience and helped her to discover new research interests.


Nicole current research focus is on utilizing alternative therapeutic interventions, specifically Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI), to positively impact mental health treatment stigma. In addition to her research on AAI, Nicole has also taught several social work classes at the BSW and MSW level, and currently has been teaching a Diversity-Based course for over 2-years to date.

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