Marie-Christine Nizzi

Research Associate-Lecturer
Academic Appointments

Research Associate in Cognitive Science

Marie-Christine Nizzi is a Research Associate in the Cognitive Science Program at Dartmouth College and an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Nizzi's translational research on resilience is rooted into the philosophy of identity, informed by a neuro-cognitive framework, and geared towards the implementation of novel clinical interventions improving patient reported outcomes.

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An interdisciplinary researcher, she earned a first Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University (Paris, France), before completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University, and her Clinical Internship in Neuropsychology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Stewart & Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University with Alison Simmons, and a resident in Neuropsychology at Hospital of Paris (APHP).

Her previous work has explored the self and resilience in clinical populations suffering from cognitive impairment (neuro-degenerative diseases, TBI), motor disabilities (locked-in syndrome), and trauma survivors (face transplant, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, Veterans with combat exposure). 

Through funding from the John Templeton Foundation, she is currently developing computational models of resilience in partnership with collaborators from CalTech and the Brain Institute, Chapman University. She is also leading an international longitudinal study assessing the sense of agency in a cohort of patients suffering from the Locked-in syndrome, in collaboration with Adina Roskies and Uri Maoz.

Awards include the French Agregation (nationwide teaching award), lifetime nomination at the Ecole Normale Superieure, and the Harvard Horizon Award.

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Cognitive Science
Ph. D. Harvard University, 2020
Ph. D. Universite Paris Sorbonne, 2011
M.S. Harvard University, 2016
M.S. Universite Paris 8, France, 2011
M.S. Universite Paris 8, France, 2008
M.A. Ecole Normale Superieure, 2006
B.A. Universite Paris 10, 2004

Selected Publications

Nizzi, M-C. (2021) Should we trust patient-reported outcomes? AJOB Neuroscience, 12(2-3):156-159.

Kauke, M., Panayi, A., Safi, A-F., Haug, V., Kollar, B., Nizzi, M-C., Broyles, J., Annino, D., Marty, F., Sinha, I., Lian ,C., Murphy, G., Chandraker, A., Pomahac, B. (2021) Full facial re-transplantation in a highly sensitized patient. Am J Transplant. DOI: 10.1111/ajt.16696

Bellet, B., LeBlanc, N., Nizzi, M-C., Carter, M., van der Does, F., Peters, J., Robinaugh, D., McNally, R. (2020). Impaired sense of self in complicated grief: a closer look. J Abnorm Psychol, 129(4):397-407.

Tasigiorgos, S., Kollar, B., Turk, M., Perry, B., Alhefzi, M., Kiwanuka, H., Nizzi, M-C., Marty, F.M., Chandraker, A., Tullius, S.G., Riella, L.V., Pomahac, B. (2019). Five-year follow-up after face transplantation. New England Journal of Medicine; 380(26):2579-2581.

Nizzi, M-C. (2019). “Alzheimer’s disease”, in Gayon, J., Pontarotti, G., Nicoglou A. (eds.) Encyclopedic Dictionary of Personal Identity, Folio Essais, Gallimard, Paris.

Oser, M., Nizzi, M-C., Zinser, J., Turk, M., Epstein, R., Bueno, E., Gitlin, D., Pomahac, B. (2018) Quality of life and psychosocial functioning two years following facial transplantation. Psychosomatics, 59(6):591-600.

Nizzi, M-C., Blandin, V., Demertzi, A. (2018) Attitudes towards personhood in the locked-in syndrome: from third- to first-person perspective and to inter-personal significance. Neuroethics, 1-9.

Nizzi, M-C., Tasigiorgos, S., Turk, M., Moroni, C., Bueno, E., Pomahac, B. (2017) Psychological outcomes in face transplant recipients: A literature review. Current Surgery Reports, 5:26.