Rebekah Nelson

Doctoral Candidate
Rebekah Nelson

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Resume / CV

Rebekah Nelson is a PhD Candidate in the College of Social Work. She has worked in the mental health field, first with transitional-age youth with mental illnesses, and, more recently, with children and youth with autism. She is currently working on her dissertation, which focuses on the behaviors of children with autism when a family member deploys with the military. She hopes to continue working with children and youth with autism, focusing on increasing adaptive social skills and the treatment of anxiety. Additionally, she is interested in furthering the use of single-subject design studies, particularly in clinical settings, as well as the application of the below-mentioned theories on family functioning.

Areas of Focus

  • Military Families, Children with Autism, Mental Health, Mental Illness and Employment, Transitional Age Youth
  • Systems Theory, Integrated Theory, Family Stress Theory and the ABC-X Model of Stress, Resource Theory, Financial Therapy
  • Single Subject Design, Clinical Setting Research


  • PhD, Candidate, Present, Florida State University, Social Work
  • MSW, 2010, Utah State University, Social Work
  • BSW, 2006, Brigham Young University, Social Work

Selected Publications

Nelson, R. J., & Shelton, V. M. (2016, November). Learning to Use Financial Therapy Interventions: An Introduction to the Use of Basic Financial Therapy Interventions. Interactive workshop presented at Council on Social Work Education 62nd Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.

Nelson, R. J., Smith, T. E., Shelton, V. M., & Richards, K. V. (2015). Three interventions for financial therapy: Fostering an examination of financial behaviors and beliefs. Journal of Financial Therapy.

Nelson, R. J. (2014, October). Financial Challenges of Service Members and Spouses. Poster session presented at The Financial Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

Nelson, R. J. (2014, January). Differences in PTSD domains between survivors of war-type and not war-type traumatic events. Poster session presented at The Society for Social Work Research 2014 Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Nelson, R. J. (2013). Is Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy effective for service members and veterans experiencing combat-related PTSD? Traumatology, 19(3), 171-178.

Smith, T. E., Nelson, R. J., Richards, K. V., Shelton, V. M. (2012). Financial Therapy: 5 Steps Toward Financial Freedom. Tallahassee: Southeastern Professional Books.

Rebekah Nelson