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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
December 4, 2016
Canadian Excellence






Geoffrey Nelson, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, ON

Office: N2075F Science Building
Telephone: (519) 884-0710 ext. 3314
Fax: (519) 746-7605

I obtained a B.A. in Psychology (1972) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1979) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Since 1979 I have been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, and my focus has been on Community Psychology.

My research and action interests in Community Psychology have been focused on two areas: prevention and community mental health. With regard to the first area, I have been involved in the creation and evaluation of community-based programs designed to promote the well-being and prevent problems for vulnerable children and families. In the area of community mental health, I have been active in research, advocacy, and policy regarding housing, self-help, and community supports for people with serious mental illness. Underlying the work in both of these areas is an emphasis on working in partnership with disadvantaged people, participatory action research approaches using both quantitative and qualitative methods, and value-based critical perspectives that challenge the status quo and that are oriented towards social change.

The opinions expressed in this website are mine. Thanks to Nicole Nelson for her assistance in helping me to design this site.