Nicole Kreiser, PhD

"I am enthusiastic about joining CHKD during this period of growing appreciation for and expansion of pediatric mental health care. I feel grateful to be joining a diverse and passionate team of mental health providers to work towards development of innovative child mental health clinical programs and research."

Nicole Kreiser Wells, PhD

(757) 668-4673 (HOPE)

College: Bucknell University

Graduate school: Virginia Tech


Nicole Kreiser Wells, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She specializes in providing clinical care to children with neurodevelopmental disorders and co-occurring mental health diagnoses and their families.

Before joining CHKD, Dr. Kreiser Wells completed her fellowship in clinical child psychology/neurodevelopmental disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and most recently taught, conducted research, and provided outpatient services at Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.

Clinical Interests
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Anxiety disorders/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Emotion regulation
  • Parent management training
  • Psychological assessment
Research Areas
  • Mental health vulnerabilities in early childhood and amongst individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Association of Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 

Urbano, M. R., Raffaele, C. T., Kreiser, N. L., Flaherty, J. M., & Hartmann, K. (2019). Clinical considerations for the inclusion of individuals with autism spectrum disorder in clinical trials. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 89, 295-302.

Hartmann, K., Urbano, M. R., Raffaele, C. T., Kreiser, N. L., Williams, T. V., Qualls, L. R., & Elkins, D. E. (2019). Outcomes of an emotion regulation intervention group in young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 83(3), 259-277.

Hartmann, K., Urbano, M.R., Raffaele, C.T., Qualls, L.R., Williams, T.V., Warren, C., Kreiser, N.L., Elkins, D.E. and Deutsch, S.I., 2019. Sexuality in the Autism Spectrum Study (SASS): Reports from Young Adults and Parents. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, pp.1-18.

Vasa, R. A., Kreiser, N. L., Keefer, A., Singh, V., & Mostofsky, S. H. (2018). Relationships between autism spectrum disorder and intolerance of uncertainty. Autism Research, 11(4), 636-644.

Keefer, A., Kreiser, N. L., Singh, V., Blakeley-Smith, A., Reaven, J., & Vasa, R. A. (2018). Exploring Relationships Between Negative Cognitions and Anxiety Symptoms in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Behavior therapy, 49(5), 730-740.

Keefer, A., Kreiser, N. L., Singh, V., Blakeley-Smith, A., Duncan, A., Johnson, C., ... & Vasa, R. A. (2017). Intolerance of uncertainty predicts anxiety outcomes following CBT in youth with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(12), 3949-3958.