Matt Nelson



Dr. Nelson has a professional background that blends the fields of   Industrial Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and Higher Education. Dr. Nelson spent eleven years working with several Fortune 100 corporations addressing issues of individual and group productivity, effective management, and supervision, and successful career development. He also spent twelve years maintaining a professional counseling practice that addressed individual, couple, and family problems that hindered personal and relational growth and development. Since 1995, Dr. Nelson has worked in Higher Education as an administrator and faculty member in Psychology and Business at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


B.A. Vanguard University, 1982
M.A. Pepperdine University, 1985
Ph.D. University of Southern California, 1995


Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology


PSYC 4973 & 7662 International Field Study
PSYC 5552 Psychology Law and Ethics
PSYC 7613 History & Systems of Psychology


Dr. Nelson enjoys travel and digital photography.

Recommended Reading

The Universe Next Door; James Sire
Christ and Culture; Richard Niebuhr
Man’s Search for Meaning; Viktor Frankl
Internationalizing the Psychology Curriculum in the United States; Leong, Pickren, Leach, & Marsella
Applying Career Development Theory to Counseling; Sharf
Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions; Corey, Corey, & Callanan