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Leah Nelson, PhD

Antioch University Online

My personal and professional interests revolve around two key areas: holistic approaches to health and wellness and developing awareness around the many forms and consequences of inequality and exclusion at play in society. Growing up gifted and poor, being the first in my family to go to college, discovering fitness as a means to cope with challenges, and a winding, diverse career path, have contributed to a broad and inclusive perspective on lifelong learning, wellness, and resilience.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead

Educational History

  • PhD, Capella University, Psychology-General (Dissertation: The Meaning and Essence of Traditional Martial Arts Practice for Experienced Women Martial Artists)
  • MS, Capella University, Human Services (Integrative Project: Cognitive Distancing from the Poor among Students in Human Services
  • BS University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Psychology and Sociology

  • Teaching with the AULA Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) Program
  • Educational testing with NCS Pearson – writing, reading, science, math
  • Counseling, case management, and advocacy with diverse clients
  • Office/HR management, payroll, benefits, AP/R
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Affiliate Faculty,

Undergraduate Studies


Courses Taught

Antioch University Courses Designed & Taught

  • Human Resource Management*
  • Child & Adolescent Development*
  • Adult Development*
  • Dying as a Stage of Life*
  • Research for Mental Health Professionals (AULA MAP)*
  • Personality Theory I: Psychodynamic Theories (AULA MAP)*
  • Child & Adolescent Development (AULA MAP)*

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