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Annabelle Nelson
Annabelle Nelson, PhD
Doctoral Faculty - School of Human & Organizational Development
Flagstaff, AZ

PhD, University of Kansas, 1977

Areas of Instruction:

  • Theories of Personality 
  • Content Analysis, Narrative Analysis, Epistemologies, Research Methods
  • Consciousness Studies

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Youth development
  • Multicultural education
  • Consciousness studies
  • Intuition and imagery
  • Curriculum design
  • Prevention and health education
  • Nonprofit organizational development
  • Spiritual development
  • Archetypes & Wisdom
  • Storytelling

Honors and Awards:

  • Fulbright School, 1993, India
  • Honor Society, University of Michigan
  • B.A. conferred with honors from the Department of Psychology
  • Women Helping Women Award, 1985, Prescott & Golden West Region Soroptimist


  • Nelson, A. (2005). Multicultural model of HIV prevention for youth. International Journal of Learning. 11. 1555-1564
  • Nelson, A. (2003). Circle relationships of intelligence. International Journal of Learning. 10, 693-712
  • Nelson, A. and Arthur, B. (2003). Decreasing at-risk youth’s alcohol and marijuana use. Journal of Primary Prevention. 24:2, 169-180The
  • Learning Wheel: Holistic and Multicultural Lesson Planning, Zephyr, 1994; Living the Wheel: Working with Emotions, Terror and Bliss with Imagery, Samuel Weiser, 1993


  • Nelson, A, Walters, A.S., Sanchez, D.R. & Szecsy, E. (2010). Culture based activities help youth stop advances and talk about sex. Health Disparities A Global Challenge, a Local Response. SIRC 8th Annual Research Conference, April 23, 2010, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Nelson, A. The spacious mind: transformation with archetypes. The 3rd Annual Society for Humanistic Psychotherapy Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, October, 2009.
  • Nelson, A. Designing culturally appropriate HIV prevention interventions: The WHEEL Club, The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November, 2008.
  • Nelson, A. Storytelling narratives: transformation, learning and assessment, The 2nd Annual Conference Of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Norwood, MA, August, 2008.
  • Fisher-Yoshida , al (including Nelson, A.). Diverse applications of transformative learning: Community action, transnational leadership development, and non-traditional graduate education, Transformative Learning Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October, 2007.
  • Nelson, A. Storytelling to awaken the human spirit: empowering Latino youth in the Southwest U.S. to choose health. Poster. The First North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, Waterloo, Ontario, May, 2006.
  • Nelson, A. Multicultural model of HIV prevention for youth. Learning Conference, Havana, Cuba, June 2004.

Funded Grants/Contracts:

  • Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA)
  • Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
  • Social Venture Partners of Arizona, Harder Foundation
  • Del E. Webb
  • Education Foundation of America: Hearst Foundation
  • Arizona Humanities Council
  • Arizona Community Foundation, USDOE Title VII
  • USDOE FIPSE, Virginia G. Piper Trust: St. Luke’s Health Foundation

Professional Experience:

  • 1996-present Professor, Fielding Graduate Institute Doctoral Programs Human & Organization Development (

Other Professional Activities:

  • 1994-2007 President, The WHEEL Council: Wholistic Health, Education and Empowerment for Life, non-profit organization (
  • 1994-1999 Co-Director, Storytelling for Empowerment, Substance Abuse Prevention
  • 1995 - 1997 Director, Conference, Storytelling: Culture as Prevention
  • 1993-present Adjunct Faculty, Master of Arts Program, Prescott College, Prescott,Arizona
  • 1992 Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Curriculum Design and Multicultural Education, India 
  • 1992-1994 Curriculum Developer Consultant, Macro International, Community Partnerships, Writer and Trainer for Storytelling for Empowerment, Workshop for Substance Abuse Prevention Workers 
  • 1991-1992 Co-Director, Storytelling for Self Empowerment, Early Intervention Substance Abuse Prevention, funded by Arizona Community Foundation through Arizona Affiliated Tribes
  • 1991 Consultant. Scholars Diversity Project Coordinator, The Environment & the Humanities Project Arizona Humanities Council 
  • 1990 Multicultural Education Consultant Center for Indian Bilingual Teacher Training Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona
  • 1990 Director, Conference, Native American Voices: Culture and Learning
  • 1988 - 1990 Director, Center for Indian Bilingual Teacher Training, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona 
  • 1988 - 1989 Coordinator, Human Development Program, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona 
  • 1981 - 1990 Professor, Human Development Program, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona
  • 1980 - 1988 Director, Adult Degree Program & Teacher Training, Prescott College, Prescott Arizona 
  • 1981 - 1982 Faculty Chair, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona
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