Associate Professor
Dickmeyer Hall 209


Professor James M. Nelson (B.A. Eastern Washington University, M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary, M.S. & Ph.D. Washington State University) is a clinical psychologist and¬†associate professor of psychology. He has been a faculty member at Valpo since 1987 and has served as director of graduate counseling programs and chair of the psychology department. In 1990, he began a major research project with colleagues in China, focusing on the study of cultural differences in depression and personality. In addition to this research, Professor¬†Nelson’s background includes two stints as director of the Valpo Hangzhou China program and a year as a visiting scholar in the National Research Center for Asian-American Mental Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Last fall, he lead the first Valpo group visit to Tibet. He teaches courses in cross-cultural psychology and the comparative psychology of Christianity and Buddhism.

He also does occasional work as a photographer, specializing in photography of religious sites and architecture.