Nicholas Perry

Nicholas S Perry

Research Assistant Professor

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What I do

I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver. I completed my Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Utah in 2018 and my clinical psychology internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I joined the University of Denver in 2021 after completing my NIH-funded T32 research postdoctoral fellowship in HIV treatment and prevention, also at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I have been working in minority health research for the past 10 years, with a focus on sexual and gender minority health and the implementation of programs designed to reduce health disparities within those populations. My program of research focuses on sexual and gender minority (i.e., LGBTQ) health and health disparities through the lens of romantic couples and families. I have been involved in multiple NIH-funded studies of sexual and gender minority health, including HIV prevention interventions for gay and bisexual men and studies of sexual health among adolescent gay and bisexual males.


Clinical psychology license

Professional Biography

I am currently PI or co-PI of several grant focused on LGBTQ health and romantic relationships. These include: (1) an NIH-funded (R01MD018167) longitudinal study examining sexual minority couples’ health and relationships in the newlywed period using quantitative, qualitative, and psychophysiological methods; (2) an American Psychological Foundation-funded study (MPI: Perry, Goldstein) of daily health behaviors and relationship functioning among sexual minority female couples who are of higher body weight using ecological momentary assessment and Fitbit data; and (3) a Mental Research Institute-funded (MPI: Perry, Harkness) project tailoring and piloting an evidence-based relationship education program for Latino sexual minority men via community stakeholder input.

In addition, I am currently working on several federally-funded impact and implementation evaluations of community-delivered relationship education programs to diverse couples and adolescents with Dr. Galena Rhoades, Dr. Scott Stanley, and Dr. Annie Le.


  • Certificate, Postdoctoral research fellowship, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2021
  • Certificate, Clinical Psychology Internship, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2018
  • Ph.D., Clinical psychology, University of Utah, 2018
  • MS, Psychology, University of Utah, 2015
  • AB, Psychology, Vassar College, 2010

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Clinical psychology license

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology

Areas of Research

families; couples; LGBTQ+; health psychology

Key Projects

  • Sexual minority couples' health across the transition to marriage
  • Culturally adapting individually-oriented relationship education for Latino sexual minority men

Graduate Mentorship

Dr. Perry will be reviewing applications for fall 2024 admission.