Dr. Linda Nielsen is a Professor of Adolescent & Educational Psychology at Wake Forest University. She is an internationally recognized expert on shared physical custody for children of divorce and father-daughter relationships. In addition to her many academic articles, she has written four books on father-daughter relationships and a college textbook, Adolescence: A Contemporary View. Her research has influenced child custody law reform in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been featured in a PBS documentary, as well as on National Public Radio, the BBC, Time, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post. Her sixth book, Myths & Lies About Dads: How They Hurt Us All, will be published by Routledge early in 2023. For more information about Nielsen’s work, visit her website at go.wfu.edu/nielsen
Professor, Educational Psychology
Ed.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1976
M.Ed., University of Tennessee, 1973
B.A., University of Tennessee, 1969s
Past Professional Experiences
High School English Teacher, Knoxville, TN, 1970-73
Instructor, University of Tennessee, Dept. of Educational Psychology & Counseling, 1973-74
Professor, Wake Forest University, 1976-present
Expert witness on research in child custody cases in six states
Fathers and Daughters: EDU 330
First Year Seminar: Children of Divorce
Myths & Lies About Dads: How They Hurt Us All (2023, forthcoming) Routledge
Father-Daughter Relationships: Contemporary Research & Issues. (2019, 2nd edition). Routledge.
Improving Father-Daughter Relationships: A Guide for Women & Their Dads (2020) Routledge.
Adolescence: A Contemporary View (3 editions, college textbook, 1987-1996) Harcourt Brace.
“Analysis of research on shared vs. sole physical custody: Outcomes for children. independent of income & conflict” (2018) Boston: International Conference on Shared Parenting.
Continuing Education Seminars for judges and lawyers at annual conferences: 2014-2018 in five states.