This summer, we said farewell to colleague Catherine Jett, who had been a researcher in our arts & culture team since 2009. Although we were sad to see Catherine go (and happy that she has continued to work with us part-time from afar), we are very fortunate to welcome social psychologist Nicole Baltazar, PhD as a research analyst in our Chicago office.
An experimental psychologist interested in social influences on individuals’ decisions and emotions, Nicole brings strong analytical skills to our growing team, as well as experience designing research to assess people’s attitudes and motivations.
For the past two years, she has worked with K-12 teachers to translate developmental psychology research into effective learning strategies. Nicole also teaches an adolescent psychology course as part of the University of Chicago Seminars for Endorsement of Science and Mathematics Educators (SESAME) program, which is required for teachers seeking the Illinois state endorsement in math and science.
Nicole has already worked with Slover Linett as a freelance research analyst on projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Harris Theater, among other cultural clients. She has also worked in a similar role for Euromonitor International, where she interpreted large quantitative data sets and communicated key insights to a wide range of clients.
In her new, full-time role at Slover Linett, Nicole will work with vice president Chloe Chittick Patton and associate Sharisse Butler on our research and evaluation studies for arts organizations, science museums, and other culture and informal learning institutions. Nicole has already begun designing research protocols and analyzing data for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Illinois Humanities Council.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Nicole officially on the team,” says Chittick Patton. “She’s an incredibly talented social scientist, and we’re honored that she’s decided to dedicate her skills, training, and perspectives to our work with cultural institutions and the informal learning community.”
Nicole earned her PhD in developmental psychology in 2012 from the University of Chicago, where she also received her BA in psychology with honors. Her work has been published in the Journal for Experimental Social Psychology and presented at several academic conferences.
Please join us in welcoming Nicole. She can be reached at (773) 348-9200 x115 or via email.