Nicole Cushman is the Administrative Director of the Center for Applied Psychology and the Director of Answer, a national program dedicated to promoting sex education throughout the U.S. She has worked since 2000 to strengthen sex education policies and programs across the country.
Nicole is an adjunct instructor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she teaches a graduate seminar in Pedagogy of Sexuality Education, and a founding board member of the non-profit startup MyHealthEd, Inc. Nicole’s research and writing appear in the peer-reviewed journal Sex Education and in the textbook Evidence-based Approaches to Sexuality Education. She has served as a manuscript and abstract reviewer for the journal Contraception, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and the American Public Health Association. Nicole appears frequently in the media, commenting on the state of sex education and young people's access to sexual health information. She has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, NPR, Yahoo! Parenting, The Huffington Post and Teen Vogue, among other publications. She is a widely sought-after speaker and has delivered keynotes, lectures and workshops at conferences and universities nationwide.
Previously, Nicole served as Director of Education for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and co-chair of the Sexuality Task Force at the American Public Health Association. She began her career as a sexuality educator with Planned Parenthood in the San Francisco Bay Area, working directly with teens and parents in school and community settings. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.