- Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University
- M.S. Nova Southeastern University
- B.A. Florida Atlantic University
Yarlie Ruth Nicolas, Ph.D. LMFT is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology, Speaker, and brands herself as a “Sports Family Therapist”. Dr. Nicolas’s work focuses on being an advocate for changing the narrative of Black males, athletes, women empowerment, and black families to a positive narrative in multidimensional arenas. Dr. Nicolas has over eight years of clinical experience working in community mental health. Dr. Nicolas is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Nicolas decided to further her studies. She received her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. It was during this time; Dr. Nicolas had the immense opportunity to work as a sports marketing intern with NBA and NFL active and veteran players for six years. These experiences fostered a passion to pursue and graduate with her Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy, from Dr. Kiran Patel’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in 2020. Dr. Nicolas has been featured speaker for National Black Masters in Business Administration Association (NBMBAA), Nova Southeastern University’s Careers in Psychology and Counseling Webinar and highly involved in the community addressing various mental health topics such as stress-management, self-esteem, selfcare and establishing healthy boundaries.