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Nathaniel William Nelson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Clinical Psychologist
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology, 2004
MOH 451C | Opus Hall
(651) 962-4671

Dr. Nelson completed his doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 2004. He completed predoctoral internship at Rush University Medical Center, and post-doctoral residency at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare/Northwestern University.

He has worked as a clinical neuropsychologist in the Twin Cities area since 2006, and currently provides forensic and clinical evaluations through part-time independent practice. In addition to teaching responsibilities in Physiological Psychology, Biological Bases of Behavior, Advanced Psychopathology, and Cognitive Assessment, he supervises graduate students in clinical neuropsychological evaluations through the University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Clinic (IPC).

Dr. Nelson is actively involved in neuropsychology and psychological assessment research. He recently completed a co-authored book entitled Specialty Competencies in Clinical Neuropsychology. He is a Member of the Editorial Board for The Clinical Neuropsychologist, a Consulting Editor for Assessment, and is Co-head Section Editor (Symptom Validity/Malingering section) for Psychological Injury and Law. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of Minnesota, and is certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN).


  • Nelson, N. W., Hoelzle, J. B., McGuire, K. A., Sim, A. H., Goldman, D. J., Ferrier-Auerbach, A. G., Charlesworth, M. J., Arbisi, P. A., & Sponheim, S. R. (2011). Self-report of          psychological function among OEF/OIF personnel who also report combat-related concussion. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 25, 716-740.
  • Nelson, N. W., Hoelzle, J. B., McGuire, K. A., Ferrier-Auerbach, A. G., Charlesworth, M. J., & Sponheim, S. R. (2010). Evaluation context impacts neuropsychological performance of OEF/OIF veterans with reported combat-related concussion. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 25, 713-723.
  • Nelson, N. W., Hoelzle, J. B., Sweet, J. J., Arbisi, P. A., & Demakis, G. J. (2010). Updated meta-analysis of the MMPI-2 symptom validity scale (FBS): Verified utility in forensic practice. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 24, 701–724.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2011: Nelson, N.W. (PI), Stankovitch, P., & Vye, C. Development of a memory disorders clinic at the Interprofessional Clinic (IPC) of the University of St. Thomas. University of St. Thomas, College of Applied & Professional Studies. Building Research and Development (BREAD) grant. 5/01/11 – 6/30/11. $6,650.
  • 2009: Nelson, N. W. (PI), Sponheim, S., McGuire, K., Arbisi, P., & Polusny, M. Neuropsychological Outcomes of Blast-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Among Veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Minnesota Veterans Research Institute (MVRI). 1/09 – 1/11. $20,000.
  • 2008: Recipient, pilot study funding awarded by Irving Gottesman, Ph.D. through the American Psychological Foundation for examination of neuropsychological outcomes of blast-related concussion among OEF/OIF Veterans.

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