A photo of David Nelson.

Medical Director, Child Psychiatry Unit

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

About Me


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.

Clinical Interests

Inpatient and outpatient child psychiatry diagnosis, treatment and research; bipolar and mood disorders; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; childhood trauma; behavioral disorders

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Psychiatry, Tuberous Sclerosis

My Locations

My Education

MD: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 1985.

Residency: Medical Center Hospital / Audie Murphy, San Antonio, TX, 1987.

Fellowship: San Antonio Children's Center, Southwest Neuropsychiatric Institute, San Antonio, TX, 1989.

Certification: General Psychiatry, 1992; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1994.