Contact & Location


Psychology & Communications Studies

Physical Address:
Student Health Center 206
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710
E-MAIL: seanm@uidaho.edu


Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Jamie Derrick, Ph.D.

Office: Mary Forney Hall 013
Phone: 885-5057
Email: jamiederrick@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Psychology and Communication Studies- University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Psychology and Communication Studies
Assistant Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1999

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Social relationships and their impact on adjustment, physiology, and emotional regulation
    • Child and Adult attachment relationships
    • Clinical psychology interventions for emotional and social competence
    • Dream analysis
    • Mindfulness practices as a pathway to emotional healing
    • Art and Creativity as pathways to emotional well-being
  • Biography
    I have worked at the University of Idaho for over a decade. I'm a licensed Psychologist and have a small private practice as a Depth Psychologist. I have  interests in personal well-being, mindfulness, and emotional regulation. I have very applied interests (meaning I like theory to be used to create effective, real life outcomes). Accordingly I have developed courses and workshops blending psychological topics and creativity to explore the role of mindfulness, art, emotional regulation, and relationships in well-being. I travel and study broadly on these topics and have offered my own workshops locally and with colleagues in California. I am a single parent with two children and I love my role as parent. I enjoy bicycling, yoga, water sports, art, and reading.
  • Selected Publications
    • 2006, Nekich, J. Web-based interactive student study guide (sixteen learning modules with self-scoring quizzes) for Developmental Psychology. Wadsworth Publishers: San Francisco.
    • 2001, Locke, K & Nekich, J. (2001).  Agency and communion in naturalistic social comparison.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 864-874.
  • Research Projects
    • Workshops for Performance Artists- Moscow, Idaho Use of dream, journaling, and guided imagination to access personal story and emotion to enhance stage performance. Sept 2007 – May 2008

    • Workshops for Professional Psychologists- Santa Barbara, California Use of art and theatre techniques to enhance dream analysis in clinical practice. June 2007

  • Outreach Projects
    • 2009 Nekich, J. (May, 2009). Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool for Social Activism.  Workshop presented to The University of Idaho Chapter of Psi Chi, a National Honor Society for Psychology Students.
    • 2008 Nekich, J. (May, 2008). Use of Expressive Art and Personal Narrative in Therapy.  Talk presented to The University of Idaho Chapter of Psi Chi, a National Honor Society for Psychology Students.
    • 2008 Nekich, J. (April, 2008).  The Psychology of Sustainability.  Talk presented as part of a six-week symposium on sustainability organized by the Moscow Unitarian Universalist Church.
    • 2003 Nekich, J. (February, 2003).  Attachment and healthy development.  Keynote address for the Young Children and Youth Awards Banquet, Moscow, Idaho.
  • Awards and Honors
    • 2003 University of Idaho, Student Disability Support Services, Outstanding Faculty Award
    • 2002 Moscow, Idaho School District #281, Award for Service to Public Schools
    • 2001 University of Idaho, Award for Excellence, Alumni Association
    • 2001 University of Idaho, Dean of Students, Outstanding Faculty Award