The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Jackie A. Nelson

Associate Professor
Program Head, Psychological Sciences MS

Research Interests

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

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-4478
Office: JO_4.202
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’s current research study, in collaboration with Dr. Shayla Holub, examines parents’ daily stressors, the emotional climate in the home around mealtime, and parents’ feeding practices with their preschool-age children. She serves as associate area head of psychology, leading the master’s program in psychological sciences and in 2016 received the Aage Møller Teaching Award from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences for her outstanding work in the classroom. 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., & Boyer, B. P. (2018). Maternal responses to negative emotions and child externalizing behavior: Different relations for 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds. Social Development, 27, 482-494.

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.

Nelson, J. A., Boyer, B. P., Villarreal, D. L., & Smith, O. A. (2017). Relations between mothers’ daily work, home, and relationship stress with characteristics of mother-child conflict interactions. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 431-441.

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