Dr. Judy Nelson

Dr. Judy Nelson

Acting Chair, Associate Professor

Judy Nelson

Degrees Earned

  • PH.D. in Human Services. Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  1997.
  • M.A. in Counseling and Guidance, The University of Texas at San Antonio.  August, 1984.  Professional specializations:  school counseling and licensed professional counselor.
  • B.S. in Education, The University of Texas at Austin. August, 1970.

Professional Licensure and Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Current ,  Texas
  • State Board Approved Supervisor, LPC, Current, Texas
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Current , Texas

Peer-Review Publications

Nelson, J. A., Onwuegbuzie, A. J., Wines, L. A., & Frels, R. K. (2013). The therapeutic interview process in qualitative research studies. The Qualitative Report, 18(79), 1-17. Retrieved from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR18/nelson79.pdf

Nelson, J., Bustamante, R., & Watts, R. (2013). Professional School Counselors as Cultural Consultants.  Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, & Research,40. 

Stark, M., Nichter, M., Watts, R., Slate, J., Bruhn, R., & Nelson, J. (2013). Texas LPC Interns and the cost of supervision. Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory,  Research, 25-37.

Frels, R. K., Onwuegbuzie, A. J., Bustamante, R. M., Garza, Y., Leggett, E. S., Nelson, J. A., and Nichter, M. (2013). The roles, purposes, and approaches of selected mentors in school-based mentoring: A collective case study. Psychology in the Schools, 50, 618-633.

Nelson, J., Kirk, A., Ane, P., & Serres, S. (2011). Religious and spiritual values and moral commitment in marriage: Untapped resources in couples’ counseling?Counseling and Values, 55, 228-246.

Bustamante, R., Nelson, J., Henriksen, R., & Monakas, S. (2011).  Intercultural couples: Coping with culture related stressors. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 19, 154-164.

Stark, M. D., Keathley, R. S., & Nelson, J. A. (2011). A developmental model for counseling infertile couples. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 19, 225-230.

Johnson, G., Nelson, J., & Henriksen, R. C. (2011). Experiences of implementing a comprehensive guidance and counseling program at the elementary level. Journal of Professional Counseling: Practice, Theory, & Research, 38(3), 18-32.

Nelson, J., Rose, N., & Lutz, D. (2011). A model for random student drug testing. Journal of At-Risk Issues, 16, 1-8

Nelson, J., & Sneller, S. (2011).  Ensuring quality for at-risk adolescents using the service-learning standards.  The Prevention Researcher, 18(1), 14-17.


Sawyer, C., Nelson, J., Marquez, & Weaver (2013). Elements of a bilingual school counselor training program for Spanish speakers. In G. R. Walz & J. Bleuer (Eds.). Vistas 2013 Article 21, pp. 1-12. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Nelson, J., and Eckstein, D. (2012).  Five service-learning considerations for behaviorally at-risk students.  In Roger J. R. Levesque (Ed.) Encyclopedia of adolescents(pp. 2614-2621). New York, New York: Springer.

Serres, S. & Nelson, J. (2011).  The counselor’s role in assisting the child with special needs. In C. Simpson, & J. P. Bakken (Eds.), A collaborative approach to teaching childrenwith special needs (pp. 237-252). Waco: Prufrock Press, Inc.

Watts, R. E., Nelson, J., Bruhn, R., & Nichter, M. (2011). Couple and family counseling. In Sylvia C. Nassar-McMillan & S. G. Niles (Ed.), Developing your identity as a professional counselor: Standards, settings, and specialties (pp. 336-362). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

Research Monographs and Technical Reports

Greybeck, B., Nelson, J., & Henriksen, R. (2013). Engaging At Risk Students in the Discipline >Alternative Education Program: Final Report of the EASL Grant. Submitted to Dr. Kathy Sikes, Duke University, Project Director for the EASL Grant.

Nelson, J. (2013). Collaborative Bilingual Counselor Training III Final Report. Submitted to Dr. Cheryl Sawyer, Project Manager, University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Peer-Review Presentations/Posters

Fitzgerald, K., Nelson, J., & Henriksen, R. (November, 2013). Combining Service-Learning and >Group Counseling to Enhance Academic Achievement in At Risk Youth. Texas Counseling Association Annual Professional Growth Conference, San Antonio, TX (refereed). <p >Nelson, J. (October, 2013). Supervising Trainees Working with Clients Presenting with Sexual Concerns and Intimacy Issues. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Annual Conference, Denver, CO (refereed).

Holman, L., Nelson, J., Wilson, A., Johnson, P., & Carroll, S. (October, 2013). The State of Process Addictions in Counselor Education and Supervision: A Panel Discussion of the IAAOC Process Addictions Committee Research. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Annual Conference, Denver, CO (refereed).

Grubbs, L., & Nelson, J. (September, 2013). Texas School Counselors’ Perceptions of Training and Preparedness. Association of Assessment and Research in Counseling Annual Conference, Houston, TX (refereed).

Nelson, J., Onwuegbuzie, A., Wines, L., & Frels, R. (April, 2013). The Therapeutic Interview Process.American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA (refereed).

Sikes, K., Anderson, A., Lawson, J., Cowan, C., Nelson, J., & Erickson, J. (March, 2013). Models forTeacher Education and Service-Learning: The Engaging All Learners in Service-Learning Project. National Youth Leadership Council Conference, Denver, CO (refereed).

Nelson, J. (March, 2013). The “S” Word: Talking to Clients about Sexual Concerns and Intimacy Issues. Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Annual Conference, Austin, TX (refereed).

Work or Professional Experiences

2005 to present          Faculty

Sam Houston State University
The Center for Research and Counselor Education                                            

1999 to 2005             Adjunct Faculty

Sam Houston State University
The Center for Research and Counselor Education

1998 to 2012                 Marriage and Family Therapist
Assessment and Referral Associates

1987 to 2005                 Professional School Counselor
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) Outstanding Professional Award, 2013
  • Recipient of the Texas Counseling Association Service Award, 2012<p >Recipient of the Texas Counseling Association Research Award, 2012
  • Recipient of the SHSU College of Education Research Award, 2012
  • Recipient of the Briggs-Pine ASERVC Award of 2012
  • Recipient of the SHSU College of Education Service Award, 2011.
  • Recipient of the Texas Counseling Association Award for Service (President), 2010.

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