School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Jackie A. Nelson

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Emotion-related family processes, such as parents’ emotion socialization strategies, children’s social-emotional development, and family stress.

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-4478
Office: GR_4.822
Campus Mail Code: GR41
Website: Family Research Lab


Dr. Jackie Nelson’s research examines parent-child conflict interactions and how mothers’ and fathers’ experiences at work, home, and in relationships are related to interactions with their children. She also has examined changes in children’s social skills and emotion regulation in early and middle childhood, parent-child relationship quality, and how family stress and the cultural context relate to parents’ emotion socialization practices. Dr. Nelson earned her bachelor’s degree at Elon University and her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Nelson, J. A., Perry, N. B., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S. D., Keane, S. P., & Shanahan, L. (2016). Mothers’ and fathers’ reports of their supportive responses to their children’s negative emotions over time. Parenting: Science and Practice, 16, 56-62.

Nelson, J. A. (2015). Child reactivity moderates the over-time association between mother-child conflict quality and externalizing problems. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 39, 376-382.

Boyer, B. P., & Nelson, J. A. (2015). Longitudinal associations of childhood parenting and adolescent health: The mediating influence of social competence. Child Development, 86, 828-843.