Michael E. Nielsen, PhD

Michael Nielsen

Title: Psychology Professor, Chairman
Company: Department of Psychology, Georgia Southern University
Location: Statesboro, Georgia, United States

Michael E. Nielsen, Psychology Professor and Chairman in the Department of Psychology at Georgia Southern University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology education.

With more than 25 years of experience in social psychology and the psychology of religion, Dr. Nielsen currently serves as a psychology professor and chairman in the Department of Psychology at Georgia Southern University. He has been with the school since 1993 in a variety of positions, including assistant professor, associate professor, and interim chair, and has been tenured since 1999. His responsibilities include teaching undergraduates, supervising graduate students, and administrating the budget, faculty, and staff in the Department of Psychology, the Psychology Clinic, and the Regents Center for Learning Disabilities. Dr. Nielsen also oversees facilities, promotes excellence and service, guides curricula at all levels, and encourages scholarship and external funding, among other duties. Previously, he worked as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Lake Forest College and as adjunct faculty at Columbia College at McHenry Community College.

Dr. Nielsen initially became involved in his profession because he was curious about why people do what they do, and his desire to understand human behavior led him to study psychology. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and music at Southern Utah State College in 1986, a Master of Arts in social psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1990, and a PhD in social organizational psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1992. Dr. Nielsen is a member of prominent organizations such as the Mormon Social Science Association, the Georgia Psychological Society, the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, and the American Psychological Association. He also shares his knowledge through the advisory board of the Journal of the Pakistan Psychological Association, where he’s been since 2011, the editorial board of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, where he’s been since 2010, and the academic review board of the Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies, where he’s been since 2009. Throughout his career, he has authored a variety of articles, book chapters, manuscripts, posters, and lectures.

One of the highlights of Dr. Nielsen’s career was receiving a speaking invitation from the Republic of Turkey. He was also proud to receive a SEPA Distinguished Lecture award from Psi Chi and the Ruffin Cup for Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University in 2017 and to be nominated for Outstanding Advisor by Georgia Southern University in 2016. Other notable achievements include the Golden Anniversary Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University, the Award for Excellence in Service and the Success in University Faculty Appreciation Award from Georgia Southern University, and the Division 36 Award from the American Psychological Association, as well as numerous grants for his research. Additionally, he was honored with inclusion in various editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

When Dr. Nielsen isn’t working, he enjoys volleyball, reading, movies, and flying kites.

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