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

Jackie A. Nelson

Associate Professor
Program Head, Psychology 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 focuses on parent-child interactions. She examines parenting beliefs, emotion socialization practices, parent-child conflict, and how mothers’ and fathers’ stressful experiences at work, home, and in relationships are related to interactions with their children. She also examines changes in children’s social-emotional skills in early and middle childhood. Dr. Nelson’s recent 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 leads the master’s program in Psychological Sciences. Dr. Nelson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Elon University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in human development and family studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Tollossa, R. M., & Nelson, J. A. (in press). “Because I said so!”: Mothers’ conventional conflict justification related to resolution and child behavior problems and temperamental reactivity. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

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., 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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