Nicholas Newstrom

Assistant Professor

Nicholas Newstrom (he/him) joined the Falk College Department of Marriage and Family Therapy in Fall 2023 as an assistant professor. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Newstrom will teach classes in research statistics.

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Newstrom was an assistant professor and program director of the Marriage and Family Therapy master’s program from 2020-23 at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he taught courses on theory, professional ethics, and multicultural counseling, and supervised students during their internships. Prior to his position at St. Cloud State University, Newstrom completed a two-year postdoctoral program at the Eli Coleman Institute for Sexual and Gender Health from 2018-20 at the University of Minnesota.

Newstrom’s research interests center on human sexuality and, more specifically, sexual violence. He focuses on the antecedents for individuals who commit sexual violence and, once sexual violence has taken place, exploring systemic interventions to prevent future sexual violence from occurring.

Newstrom has published articles exploring how sexual script theory can explain sexual aggression in adolescents and how people in relationships navigate sexual consent. Recently, Newstrom was named co-collaborator on an NIH grant entitled “Mobilizing Evidence Into Tertiary Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse: A Pilot Study.”

Subsequent research has been supported by an Early Career Grant from St. Cloud State University. In 2015, Newstrom was awarded the Minority Fellowship Award through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is an AAMFT clinical fellow and approved supervisor.

Newstrom earned his Ph.D. in Family Social Science with a specialization in couple and family therapy from the University of Minnesota in 2017, his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University (Minnesota) in 2010, and his B.A. in Psychology in 2008 from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). He has been independently licensed to practice as a marriage and family therapist in Minnesota since 2012.


Ph.D. in Family Social Science, University of Minnesota (2017)

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary's University-Minnesota (2017)

B.A. in Psychology, university of St. Thomas-Minnesota (2012)