Clayton Nelson, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Chief of Community Outreach, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Clinical Psychologist, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Local Recovery Coordinator, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System


Dr. Nelson is a Clinical Psychologist, Chief of Community Outreach, and the Local Recovery Coordinator for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and holds an Assistant Professorship with the Department of Psychiatry, Michigan Medicine. He also serves as the VA lead for the UM/VA Adult Track of the Postdoctoral Consortium. Dr. Nelson completed his doctoral degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and attended an Interprofessional Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery at the San Diego VA. His clinical interests include psychosocial rehabilitation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mental health recovery for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness. His research concentrates on predictors of treatment engagement and adherence, models of mental health care, and social determinants of mental illness.

Areas of Interest

  • Treatment Recovery & Evidence-Based Practices
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Schiophrenia/Psychotic Disorders
  • Psychophysiological Indices of Attentional & Affective Processes
  • Motivational Factors Underlying Treatment Success
  • Indices of Recovery


  • VA San Diego (Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services)
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland DDVA (Clinical Psychology Internship)
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (Ph.D. - Clinical Psychology)
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City (M.A. - Psychology)
  • Saginaw Valley State University (B.A. - Psychology & Youth Services)

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