Dr. Nelson

After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Nelson completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in Los Angeles.  He received his license to practice psychology from the California Board of Psychology in 1980.

Dr. Nelson’s practice is almost exclusively devoted to conducting forensic psychological evaluations of adults, children, and families in a variety of forensic contexts within the legal system.  He regularly conducts evaluations on appointment from the courts and on referral from attorneys.  Dr. Nelson has qualified as an expert witness in Sacramento and several surrounding counties in the areas of forensic psychology, child custody, criminal forensic and juvenile dependency.

In the past, Dr. Nelson supervised post-doctoral interns at the University of California, Davis, Department of Psychiatry as an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry.  He is also a former president of the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association, Forensic Division.  For the past 15 years, Dr. Nelson has also served as an expert case reviewer for the California Board of Psychology.  Dr. Nelson has been a presenter at continuing education programs for psychologists, judges and attorneys in areas of forensic psychology.  In addition to conducting forensic psychological evaluations, his services also include work product review, case consultation to attorneys and expert testimony. 



Child Custody Evaluations

Criminal Forensic Evaluations (trial competency, insanity, sex offenders, probation suitability)

Juvenile Dependency Court Evaluations of adults, adolescents and children

Juvenile Offender Assessments

Court Ordered Evaluations

Expert Testimony

Consultation to attorneys in family or criminal law matters


Areas of Expertise

Forensic Psychological Evaluations

Assessment of adults, adolescents and children

Assessment of parents and children in child custody disputes before the court

Assessment of adult and juvenile sexual offenders