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Liz Nelson, Ph.D.

Liz Nelson, Ph.D.


Liz Nelson, Ph.D.


Psychology BSS



(916) 484-8862

Office Location:

Room 359

Davies Hall

Office Hours:


Additional Info:

B.A.: Sociology/Psychology, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 1981

Masters, Counseling Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara 1983

Doctorate - Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 1993

About myself...

I've been teaching undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology for 26 years. My passions are my family (including the furry ones), knitting, movies,  sewing, Psychology, Italian, and music (not always in that order!). This is my 13th year teaching at American River.

I was fortunate to teach a semester abroad in Florence, Italy through ARC's Study Abroad Program in Spring 2013.  I am a licensed Psychologist in the state of California, and I had a private practice before I became a mother of twins. I specialized in group therapy and working with couples going through infertility. I spent 13 years training master-level marriage and family therapists, and now I love introducing students to the world of Psychology here at ARC!



PSYC 300: General Psychology

PSYC 320: Social Psychology

PSYC 335: Research Methods in Psychology

PSYC 340: Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 354: The Psychology of Family Life and Intimate Relationships in a Diverse Society

PSYC 368: Cross Cultural Psychology

PSYC 370: Human Life-span Development

PSYC 372: Child Development

PSYC 373:  Child Psychology

PSYC 480: Honors General Principles