Dr. Nelson is a Board Certified Neuropsychologist, who earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Ohio State University in 1986. She served her Internship at the VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Nelson also earned a doctoral degree in Education from Kent State University in 1976. In 2016, she was honored for distinguished service, statewide and nationally by the Division of Neuropsychology, California Psychological Association. Dr. Nelson divides her professional time between work as a Qualified Medical Examiner for the State of California, her private practice in Santa Monica and academic positions as professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).