Nicole Malette

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Nicole Malette

I am currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at UBC and working as an instructor for the department. My dissertation research consists of a multilevel analysis of how post-secondary institutional contexts impact individual students’ mental health. I evaluate 1) the extent to which undergraduate students’ mental health outcomes and service utilization are directly impacted by institutional contexts; and 2) how these institutional contexts buffer or exacerbate mental health inequalities across gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status (SES) background. My general research interests include the Sociology of Education, social inequality, student mental health and higher education.


Current status: PhD Candidate, Instructor
Research interests: Sociology of Education, Social Inequality, Mental Health, Teaching


2013 – Present          Ph.D. Candidate Sociology, The University of British Columbia
2013                            M.A. Sociology, McMaster University
2009                            B.A. Honors Sociology, McMaster University


Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals
Guppy Neil, Kerry Greer, Nicole Malette and Krystin Frank (2017) “The Future Lives of Sociology Graduates” Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue Canadianne de Sociologie. Vol 54. No. 1 237-252.
Malette, Nicole. (2017) “Forms of Fighting: A Micro-Social Analysis of Bullying and In-School Violence”. Canadian Journal of Education. Vol 40. No 1.
Malette, Nicole. Forthcoming “Building Healthy Minds: Undergraduate Student Mental Health Issues” UBC Publishing.
Book Chapters
Malette, Nicole and Guppy, Neil. (2016) “Educational Attainment among Canadians:
Open and Competitive or Closed and Sponsored?” In Ed Grabb, Monica Hwang, and Jeffrey Reitz (Eds.), Social Inequality in Canada, Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press.
Manuscripts Under Review And In Progress
Malette, Nicole, Emily Truong, and Wendy Roth. “’Too Asian?’: Differences in International and Domestic University Student Campus Participation,” (Under Review)
Malette, Nicole “Contexts of Competition: Student Mental Health Service Use across Post-Secondary Institutions” (Under Review)
Lyon, Katherine and Nicole Malette. “Sociological Approaches to Education in Canada” in Sara Knudson (Ed.), Committing Sociology: Introduction to Sociology in Canada, Pearson Publishing, Don Mills Ontario.
Malette, Nicole “”Struggling with Stigma: LGBTQ+ Student Mental Health Service Use across American Post-Secondary Institutions,”
Notable Awards:
2018                UBC Sustainability Scholars Internship Award
2018                SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award
2017                UBC Faculty of Arts Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
2016                Kurt and Anne Paulus Memorial Award
2015                Canadian Sociological Association Graduate Student Research Award
2015                UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Research Award
2015                UBC Sociology Graduate Research Award
2013 – 2017     UBC Graduate Fellowship,
2011 – 2013     McMaster University Graduate Fellowship,