School of Social Work
Dr. Nelson is excited to be teaching at Southern and values the holistic and other-centered philosophy of Adventist Christian education. She finds great joy in the teaching process and her own personal growth as she teaches and mentors students on their journey of preparing for their vocation, serving their community, and their spiritual growth. She likes a lively, laid back, yet rigorous classroom that is infused with fun and laughter. She has been tremendously blessed and humbled to see students grow into competent social workers and values the opportunity to share in their lives.
Dr. Nelson has over eight years of experience in higher education and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In December 2015, Dr. Nelson completed her PhD in social work from the University of South Carolina (UofSC) with her dissertation research on parent to parent support among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. She obtained her BSW and MSW from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) respectively in 1996 and 2000.
Prior to coming to Southern, Dr. Nelson worked at the University of South Carolina as an adjunct professor and evaluator of parent to parent support interventions for parents of children with autism and special health needs. In addition, while at the UofSC she was involved in evaluation and research related to foster care, pediatric care delivery among low-income children, and parenting interventions. She also worked as faculty and part-time counselor at the Northern Caribbean University, an SDA institution in Jamaica.