College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Matt Nelson

Dean, Professor

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


Dr. Nelson enjoys golf and digital photography.

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