Dr. Nelson is a recognized authority in counseling children and families who have experienced trauma -- from natural and man-made disasters to abuse. After the September 11th attacks in New York City, Nelson, along with other psychiatrists and psychologists, provided assistance to many victims' families.
In addition, Dr. Nelson supervised the Family Notification Center after the Oklahoma City bombing, which he designed to provide comprehensive psychological support to minimize the effects of trauma in that city. Nelson, who directs the inpatient child psychiatric unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, also provides training and education in response to trauma. In 1999, he worked with teachers and counselors following a tornado that killed four people in the Cincinnati area and destroyed dozens of homes.
Dr. Nelson is on the advisory board for the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.