Nerissa Inada is one of the pre-made NPC Science Hobby instructors who comes from Hobbies, the secret sub-neighborhood introduced with The Sims 2: FreeTime. The other two science hobby instructors are Jace Rusewicz and Johnson Fleig. She appears in every neighborhood once FreeTime has been installed. Nerissa can be made playable by befriending and asking her to move in, or by marrying her. She has long black hair in cornrows, brown eyes, and light skin. Nerissa is a Romance Sim with the Taurus zodiac sign.
As far as personality, she is very playful, and a little bit neat and active. But Nerissa is quite lazy, and somewhat grouchy. She is mostly interested in Environment and Travel. Nerissa has the same facial structure as Carmen Patch from Pleasantview, Emmy Zaidi, and Kana Phillips. Her pre-destined hobby is Nature. Even though her default head-shot depicts her having long hair in cornrows, and the same outfit as Diane Shahan, when Nerissa is first spawned in-game, she will have medium-length electrocuted hair. She will also wear a Mad Scientist outfit. However Nerissa will still retain the hairstyle in her default thumbnail, for most outfits besides everyday.