Nicole Danaher-Garcia, PhD
Nicole Danaher-Garcia is an assistant professor in the School of Healthcare Leadership at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She teaches quantitative analysis and predictive analytics courses in the Master of Healthcare Data Analytics program and the Master/PhD of Health Professions Education. She is a biologist with interests in animal behavior, conservation, and quantitative analysis. Nicole completed her doctorate at UMass Dartmouth in collaboration with a nonprofit organization called the Dolphin Communication Project; her dissertation focused on the social behavior of a wild population of Atlantic spotted dolphins in The Bahamas.
Nicole has a particular interest in network analysis, having applied it to the study of dolphin social behavior. Using social network analysis, she uncovered a more meaningful approach to social relationships using observed physical interaction, rather than simply presence in the same social group. She is currently working on expanding on her previous work in social network analysis. Nicole is also interested in applying Bayesian techniques to the study of social behavior and will begin these new methods in the coming months.
Outside of academia, Nicole enjoys reading, dog training, and spending time with her partner, Matt, and their two cats.
BS, Biology, Minor: Environmental Science, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, Durham, NC
PhD, Integrative Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA