Jim Nelson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dickmeyer Hall, Room 209


M.S., Ph.D. – Washington State University (1983)
M.Div. – Fuller Theological Seminary (1981)
B.A. – Eastern Washington University (1976)


Jim Nelson, who joined the Valparaiso University faculty in 1987, serves as associate professor of psychology and a member of the Chinese-Japanese studies faculty. Professor Nelson trained as a clinical psychologist with interests in neuropsychology and cross-cultural psychology. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana. His current research interests focus on theoretical issues in psychology and the relationship between psychology and religion. He teaches abnormal psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as classes in psychology and religion, adult development, and human neuropsychology. He has served as director of graduate counseling programs, has directed the Valpo China study program, and was a visiting scholar at UCLA and the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, Calif. Professor Nelson, his wife, Jeanne Brown, and their children, Anthony and Teresa, enjoy family time as well as traveling in the United States and overseas.