DadsDivorce Live host Rick Ortiz talks with Dr. Linda Nielsen, a nationally recognized expert on father-daughter relationships, president of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, and professor of women’s studies at Wake Forest University.
She also has a new book out called “Between Fathers and Daughters: Enriching or Rebuilding Your Adult Relationship.”
A nationally recognized expert on father-daughter relationships, Dr. Nielsen has been teaching, conducting research and writing about adolescents and father-daughter relationships since 1970. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of the outstanding graduate’s award in teacher education from the University of Tennessee in 1969, she taught high school for several years before earning a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling.
As an adolescent and educational psychologist, she began teaching at Wake Forest University in 1974, won the Outstanding Article Award in 1980 from the U.S. Center for Women Scholars, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women in 1981. In 1998 she received an award from the American Bar Association for outstanding volunteer service for establishing the Women’s Studies’ internships program to give legal aid to victims of domestic violence. She is a member of the Southeastern Psychology Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts .
Since 1991 she has been teaching her “Fathers & Daughters” course – the only college course in the country that focuses exclusively on father-daughter relationships. Her special interest is helping estranged fathers and daughters reunite or strenghthen their relationships. In addition to having written numerous research articles for scholarly journals such as the “Harvard Educational Review,” Dr. Nielsen has written four books and is presently working on a fifth book about Daughters of Divorce.