College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Matt Nelson

Dean, Professor
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Southern California, 1995
  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Pepperdine University, 1985
  • B.A. in Psychology, Vanguard University, 1982


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. He is also a Title IX EO Investigator at Northwest University.


  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Law & Ethics

Professional Interests

  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Marriage and Family

Recommended Reading

  • The Universe Next Door; James Sire
  • Christ and Culture; Richard Niebuhr
  • Man’s Search for Meaning; Viktor Frankl
  • The Good Life; Chuck Colson
  • The Tipping Point; Malcolm Gladwell
  • Margin; Richard Swenson
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People; Dale Carnegie
  • Wooden on Leadership; John Wooden