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Annabelle Nelson, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Flagstaff, AZ, US

Annabelle Nelson, Ph.D.

Doctoral Faculty - School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University


Doctoral Faculty in the School of Leadership Studies



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Annabelle Nelson is a renaissance woman. She has primarily worked as a psychology professor for Prescott College and the Fielding Graduate University, but she has also walked her talk using spiritual practices in yoga and Zen meditation to expand consciousness. Blessed or cursed with a wild mind, her visions have helped set the cornerstone of her archetype wisdom model.

She has traveled the world to sacred sites in India, Turkey and Japan, created a nonprofit to prevent HIV infection in youth, published psychological research on imagery and storytelling, started college programs for Native Americans, completed a Fulbright in India, and developed a nationally recognized prevention program, Storytelling for Empowerment.

Directly from graduate school, Nelson worked for the Marylhurst Education Center, which was a leader in creating programs for working adults and giving college credit for experiential learning. She was a faculty member and administrator at Prescott College for 10 years, where she started the Adult Degree Program, a BA program for working adults, and the Center for Indian Bilingual Teacher Education, a teacher certification program for American Indian teacher aides living on reservations. She led the College in getting approval for its teacher education certification program from the Arizona Department of Education.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (13)

Theories of Personality

Content Analysis, Narrative Analysis, Epistemologies, Research Methods

Consciousness Studies

Youth Development

Multicultural Education

Consciousness Studies

Intuition and Imagery

Curriculum Design

Prevention and Health Education

Nonprofit Organizational Development

Spiritual Development

Archetypes & Wisdom


Education (1)

University of Kansas: PhD, Development and Child Psychology 1978

Event Appearances (5)

Culture based activities help youth stop advances and talk about sex

SIRC 8th Annual Research Conference  Phoenix, AZ


The spacious mind: Transformation with archetypes

(2009) The 3rd Annual Society for Humanistic Psychotherapy Conference  Colorado Springs, CO

Designing culturally appropriate HIV prevention interventions

(2008) The WHEEL Club, The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality  San Juan, Puerto Rico

Storytelling narratives: Transformation, learning and assessment

(2008) The 2nd Annual Conference Of the Society for Humanistic Psychology  Norwood, MA

Diverse applications of transformative learning: Community action, transnational leadership development, and non-traditional graduate education

(October, 2007) Transformative Learning Conference  Albuquerque, New Mexico

Articles (9)

A community-engaged approach to development of an mHealth HIV/STI and drug abuse preventive intervention for primary care: A qualitative study

JMIR MHealth and UHealth

(2015) With Cordova, D., Bauermeister, J.A.; Fessler, K., Delva, J., Nurenberg, R., Lua, F.M., Francheska, A. and, Salas-Wright, C.

Storytelling for Empowerment for Latino Teens: Increasing HIV Prevention Knowledge and Attitudes

Journal of Adolescent Research


Latino adolescents are disproportionately impacted by HIV, but researchers have documented few programs to prevent and reduce HIV risk. The Storytelling for Empowerment (SFE) HIV StoryBook was designed with an innovative ecodevelopment approach combining empowerment, family communication, and positive cultural identity. A mixed method design used both a randomized control group design, as well as grounded theory coding of semi-structured focus group interviews.

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Storytelling Narratives: Social Bonding as Key for Youth at Risk

Child & Youth Care Forum


This research used a structured storytelling narrative methodology to capture the lived experience of youth participants to identify effective factors that helped them in three programs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, California. Thirty-nine youth aged 8–17 participated in two storytelling protocols at their home sites; one was a written narrative of a vivid experience in the project, and the second was a group story about a character who had been a participant. Categorical content analysis reported the following themes: positive peer experiences, caring adults, family atmosphere and learning new skills particularly computer literacy. Participants reported changing from being isolated or acting out to succeeding in school.

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The Spacious Mind: Using Archetypes for Transformation Towards Wisdom

The Humanistic Psychologist


The spacious mind model combines Hindu and Buddhist philosophy on spiritual maturity with the Jungian view on psychological maturity to delineate how archetypal work can spur the development of wisdom. Both psychological and spiritual development defuse the ego's hold on reality to create a spacious mind that has contact with the spiritual Self. To explain such a transformation, this article discusses 5 parts of the mind: the ego, the conscious, the unconscious, the archetype, and the Self.

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Multicultural Model of HIV Prevention for Youth

The International Journal of Learning

(2005) International Journal of Learning, Volume 11. Article: Electronic (PDF File; 324.399KB). Article: Print (Spiral Bound).

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Cultural identity and positive youth development: The centrality of culture in effective health interventions for Latino adolescents

Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

(2015) With Walters, A. S. In A.D. Warmer (Ed.). Ethnic and cultural identity: Perceptions, discrimination and social challenges.

Circle relationships of intelligence

International Journal of Learning

(2003) According to Mezirow, transformational learning changes problematic frames of reference to make them more inclusive. Using inclusive frames is more likely to be "more true or justified." This definition of transformational learning is similar to Trungpa's definition of wisdom. Trungpa says that wisdom is aimed at helping humans become wise by removing the clutter in the mind that interferes with clear perception and actions.

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Decreasing at-risk youth’s alcohol and marijuana use

Journal of Primary Prevention

(December, 2003) The Storytelling for Empowerment Program decreased marijuana and alcohol use in high risk middle school youth, aged 11–15, across two years of implementation (Cohort 98 and Cohort 99). The program was a unique combination of cultural empowerment, cognitive skills, storytelling and the arts for emotional expression.

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The Learning Wheel: Ideas and Activities for Multicultural and Holistic Lesson Planning


(1993) This book describes a conceptual framework for multicultural education that is based on how various cultures lead their members to know about the world. This approach accounts for diverse ways of knowing and learning and is based on the symbol of the wheel as an ancient organizational model from Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. This model involves multiple intelligences as ways of knowing that are supported by different cultures. The wheel intelligence model represents five intelligences, one in each of the four cardinal directions and one in the middle.

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