Dr. R. Denis Soignier

Title: Associate Professor of Psychology; Undergraduate Coordinator
Department: Psychology, Counseling, and Family Studies
Email: denis.soignier@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4359
Office Location: 280 Dr. O Cleveland Hill Hall


B.A., Nicholls State University, 1991
Ph.D. Applied Biopsychology, University of New Orleans, 2001
Completed 2 Post-Doctoral Fellowships

LSU-HSC Department of Neurology
Tulane Medical School Department of Pharmacology



I teach Statistics, Research Methods, Biopsychology and a host of elective courses. As the Undergraduate Coordinator, I help design and update the curriculum and course offerings, plus I do the bulk of the advising. I also maintain a small but active research program. Current projects include the characterization of crayfish models of behavioral pharmacology and human performance studies focused on physical and mental effort.


What are some interesting facts about yourself?

“In addition to my work at Nicholls, I am raising 2 beautiful and active children, and have several hobbies. I am an avid triathlete, kayak fisherman and hunter.”

Complete one of the following statements: “My dream job other than teaching at Nicholls would be…” -OR- “My future career aspirations include…”

“I would like to be a contributing editor of Sailing Magazine.”

Answer one of the following questions: If you were to win the lottery, what would you do with the winnings? -OR- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

“If I could travel anywhere in the world, SE Asia – Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, Vietnam, Loas – would top my list.”


I have over 22 papers and multiple professional presentations. Most are focused on the interaction between pain and pain medication use.

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