Nicole Alea

Lecturer, Psychology, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina Wilmington



  • Ph.D., Lifespan Development Psychology, University of Florida, Graduate Certificate in Social Science Methodology
  • M.S., Lifespan Developmental Psychology, University of Florida, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
  • B.S., Psychology with Honors, University of Florida, Gerontology Minor


  • Charles L. Cahill Award for Faculty Research & Development, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW); (2004-5 & 2005-6)
  • Center for Teaching Excellence Travel Award, UNCW
  • Faculty International Travel Award, International Programs, UNCW
  • Travel Awards, College of Liberal Arts and Science & Department of Psychology, University of Florida


  • Psychology


  • Over 15 years teaching in the fields of psychology and lifespan development


  • Psychology and Lifespan Human Development


  • Lifespan development psychology and successful aging
  • Functions of autobiographical memory
  • Relationship-defining memories across adulthood
  • Psychological outcomes of remembering life events


Complete list of publications


  • Alea, N. & Bluck, S. (2012). When does meaning-making predict well-being? Examining young and older adults in two cultures. Memory. Special issue: Costs and Benefits to Meaningmaking.
  • Bluck, S. & Alea, N. (2011). Crafting the TALE: Construction of a measure to assess the functions of autobiographical remembering. Memory, 19, 470-486.
  • Bluck, S., Alea, N., & Demiray, B. (2010). You get what you need: the psychosocial functions of remembering. In J. Mace (Ed.), The act of remembering: Toward an understanding of how we recall the past (pp. 284-307). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell


  • Alea, N. (under review). “Bring back de ole time days”: Why Trinidadians remember. To appear in J. Rawlins (Ed.) Ageing in Trinidad and Tobago and the Wilder Caribbean.
  • Alea, N., Ali, S., & Arneaud, M. J. (under review). Over the hill and still “liming”: Psychological well-being in young, middle-aged, and older adult Trinidadians. Journal of the Department of Behavioural Sciences. Special issue: Health, Well-Being and Development in the Caribbean.
  • Alea, N., Arneaud, M. J., Ali, S. (revise and resubmit). The quality of self, social, and directive memories: Are there adult age group differences? International Journal of Behavioural Development.