About Linda Nielsen



Dr. Linda Nielsen

Professor of Education






Fathers & Daughters

Children of Divorce


Psychology Today Blogs by Nielsen



  Between Fathers & Daughters:
  Strengthening &  Rebuilding Relationships


Dr. Nielsen is a  nationally recognized expert on father-daughter relationships and shared physical custody for children with separated parents.  Before beginning her teaching career at Wake Forest in 1974,  she taught high school English for three years while earning a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling. As a professor of adolescent and educational psychology, among her honors are: the Outstanding Article Award in 1980 from the U.S. Center for Women Scholars, a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women, and an American Bar Association award for establishing an internship program to provide legal aid to victims of domestic violence. 

Her research on father-daughter relationships has been featured on a BBC podcast, a PBS documentary, and on NPR, as well as in the national media.  Her research on shared physical custody has also been featured in the media, in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, & Time magazine. She is frequently invited to provide her shared parenting custody research to legislative committees in the U.S. and abroad who are in the process of revising child custody laws. 

Dr. Nielsen has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Wake Forest 45 years: Fathers and Daughters, Adolescent Psychology, Children of Divorce, Statistics, Research Methods, Educational Psychology, Psychology of Learning, and Introduction to Women’s Studies.

Since 1991 she has been teaching her “Fathers & Daughters” course – the only college course in the country that focuses exclusively on father-daughter relationships.  In addition to numerous research articles for scholarly journals, Dr. Nielsen has written six books on adolescence and father-daughter relationships:

Father-Daughter Relationships:Contemporary Research & Issues (Routledge, 2019, 2nd edition) A college textbook & resource for professionals
Embracing Your Father: Creating the Relationship You Want with Your Dad (McGraw Hill 2004)
Between Fathers and Daughters: Enriching & Rebuilding Your Adult Relationship (Turner Publishing, 2008)

Adolescence: A Contemporary View (Harcourt Brace – 3 editions 1990- 1996)  A 700 page  college textbook
How to Motivate Adolescents: Handbook for Parents, Counselors & Parents (Prentice Hall, 1978)