Pat Tanner Nelson

Parenting June 13, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF


Pat Tanner Nelson, Ed.D., is an Extension Family & Human Development Specialist and a Professor in the Departments of Applied Economics & Statistics and Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware. She is a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations.  Pat received her doctorate in Family and Community Education from Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, NY), a graduate degree in Family Life Education from Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) and an undergraduate degree in human ecology from Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)

Dr. Nelson focuses on parent education and support, family stress management, and work/family integration.  Collaborating with federal, state, and community agencies, Pat strives to build engagement with research-based information into the broad continuum of resources needed by families today. 

Pat is a member of the Content Team and is a co-team leader for eXtension Just in Time Parenting, a national interactive resource that strives to bring high quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives. 

  • Pat chaired a multi-disciplinary team of Extension colleagues and researchers from Children’s Nutrition Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine to refine key messages for parents relating to childhood obesity prevention, and embed these messages into Extension’s Just in Time Parenting resources. 

  • Just in Time Parenting is mailed to about 5,000 Delaware families each month.  An additional three hundred families (at least) receive the series electronically. 

  • Families Matter! has been developed for parents of school-aged children.  Follow-up evaluations show that the monthly series is useful to all parents, but has the greatest impact on those who are youngest, poorest and least educated.  

  • Resources on family stress management, balancing family and work, preventing childhood obesity and parent education are available at

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.