University of California, Riverside

Graduate Medical Education

Clinical Faculty Biographies

Dr. Michele A. Nelson

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor - Psychiatry

Dr. Michele A. Nelson

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Education and Training

  • Chief Fellow, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, California
  • Fellowship, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, California
  • Residency, Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, California
  • M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York
  • B.A., Psychology, New York University, New York, New York
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Dr. Michele A. Nelson, M.D., is a health sciences assistant clinical professor of psychiatry for the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and a child and adolescent psychiatrist with UCR Health.

Nelson earned her B.A. in psychology from New York University with honors, then her M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, where she also served as chief fellow.

While at UC Irvine she served on the educational policy committee and was a liaison between the graduate medical education program and hospital administration. She also mentored and supervised residents and medical students.

She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

Research Interests

Nelson's research interests include child and adolescent psychiatry, ADHD, ODD, and anxiety disorders. She has presented at multiple national conferences.


  • Chief Fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, UC Irvine Medical Center, 2016.
  • Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 2011–12.

Selected Publications

  • Nelson M, & Lochhead J., Maguire, G. Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis presenting as a primary psychotic disorder: an adolescent case report. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, August 2017.
  • Lochhead J, Nelson M, Lake K, Flick R, & Maguire G. Deep brain stimulation for the treatment of OCD with implications for improvements in developmental stuttering. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry 2016; 28;(1):68-69.
  • Lochhead J, Nelson M, & Maguire G. The treatment of behavioral disturbances and psychosis associated with dementia. Psychiatr Pol. 2016; 50(2): 311–322.
  • Lochhead J, Nelson M, & Schneider A. Risks and benefits of rapid clozapine titration. Mental Illness. 2016; 8(1).

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