nationally recognized expert on father-daughter relationships, Dr. Nielsen
has been teaching, researching and writing about adolescents and
father-daughter relationships since 1970. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and
the recipient of the outstanding graduate's award in teacher education
from the University of Tennessee in 1969, she taught high school for several years before earning a Master's Degree and a
Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling. As a professor of adolescent and educational psychology, she began teaching at Wake Forest University in 1974. Among her honors are: the Outstanding
Article Award in 1980 from the U.S. Center for Women Scholars, a postdoctoral
fellowship from the American Association of University Women, and an American Bar Association award for establishing an internship program to provide legal aid to victims of domestic violence. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Council on Family Relationships, Council on Contemporary Familes, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts .
Her research and advice on father-daughter relationships have been featured on a PBS documentary and on NPR with Frank Stasio as well as in newspapers, magazines and radio shows nationwide, including The Wall Street Journal, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Military Families, and the national PTA Magazine. Her work has been featured on many national organizations' web sites, including the National Center for Fathering, the Center for Succesful Fathering, and the American Coalition for Fathers & Children.
Dr. Nielsen has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Wake Forest for 36 years: Fathers and Daughters, Adolescent Psychology, Children of Divorce, Statistics, Research Methods, Educational Psychology, Psychology of Learning, and Introduction to Women's Studies.
1991 she has been teaching her "Fathers & Daughters" course - the
only college course in the country that focuses exclusively on father-daughter
relationships. Her current research focuses on father-daughter relationships and shared residential parenting in divorced families. In
addition to having written numerous research articles for scholarly journals such as
the Harvard Educational Review, Dr. Nielsen has written five books on adolescence and father-daughter relationships:
Father-Daughter Relationships:Contemporary Research & Issues (Routledge, 2012 - a college textbook & resource for professionals)
Embracing Your Father: Creating the
Relationship You Want with Your Dad (McGraw
Hill 2004 - a guide for teenage and adult daughters)
Between Fathers and Daughters: Enriching Your Adult Relationship (Turner Publishing, 2008 - a guide for fathers and daughters)
Adolescence: A Contemporary View (Harcourt Brace - 3 editions 1990- 1996- a college textbook & resource for professionals)
How to Motivate Adolescents: Handbook for Parents, Counselors & Parents (Prentice Hall, 1978)