Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Nelson, Thorana

  • Fred PiercyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_785


Dr. Thorana Nelson has made significant and sustained contributions in the areas of family therapy education and supervision on local, national, and international levels. She has been a prolific scholar and trainer and is known for her contributions to solution-focused brief therapy and education and training in couple and family therapy and gender and LGBT issues and her organizational contributions to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Academy, and the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association.


Dr. Nelson received her M.S. and Ph.D. in counseling and human development from the University of Iowa, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. She is an emerita professor in marriage and family therapy from Utah State University, where she taught until her retirement in 2011. Prior to that, Dr. Nelson taught from 1986 to 1992 at Purdue University.

Contributions to Profession

Dr. Nelson’s contributions to marriage...

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  1. Lee, R. E., & Nelson, T. S. (2013). The contemporary relational supervisor. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  2. Nelson, T. S., Chenail, R. J., Alexander, J. F., Crane, D. R., Johnson, S. M., & Schwallie, L. (2007). The development of core competencies for the practice of marriage and family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33(4), 1–22.Google Scholar
  3. Nelson, T. S., & Thomas, F. N. (Eds.). (2007). Handbook of solution-focused brief therapy: clinical applications. New York: Haworth.Google Scholar
  4. Nelson, T. S., & Johnson, L. N. (1999). The basic skills evaluation device. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 25, 15–30.Google Scholar
  5. Nelson, T. S. (Ed.). (2005). Education and training in solution focused brief therapy. New York: Haworth Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Virginia Tech UniversityBlacksburgUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
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  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA