Pat Tanner Nelson


  • Certified Family Life Educator, National Council on Family Relations
  • Ed. D., Family and Community Education, Columba University, NY
  • M.S., Family Life Education, Michigan State University
  • Graduate and undergraduate studies at the Merrill Palmer Institute of Human Development, Detroit, MI
  • B.S., Home Economics Education, Kansas State University

Research/Extension Focus

  • Parent Education and Support
  • Family Life Education across the Lifespan
  • Family Stress and Family Well-Being

Extension Programs

  • eXtension Just in Time Parenting, an outreach innovation that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.
  • Delaware’s Just in Time Parenting series are Great Beginnings  (for parents of young children)  and Families Matter!, (for parents of school-age youth)
  • Key messages for parents for childhood obesity prevention, a USDA and NRI-funded initiative to integrate key messages into Extension’s Just in Time Parenting monthly newsletters
Professional Activities

  • Outreach/Service chair of UD’s Early Learning Center
  • UD Developmental Neuroscience Institute Planning Committee
  • Co-leader of 30+-member national Extension Parenting Work Group
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • National and Delaware Associations for the Education of Young Children
  • American and Delaware Associations of Family & Consumer Sciences

Recent Publications

*A review of Kuczynski, Leon, (Ed.) Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations, in Family Relations.  (January, 2006)  Vol. 55, p. 149.

Working paper for the National Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Parenting Evaluation Task Force, 2005

*Walker, S. & Nelson, P.T. (2004).  Effective parenting education through age-paced newsletters.  Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 96(4), 67-68.


Contact Information
Pat Tanner Nelson


Applied Economics and Statistics
105 Edward R. Wilson House

Newark, DE 19716-2131
Phone: (302) 831-1329