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Meet the Faculty

Photo of Laurie Nelson

Laurie Nelson

Associate Professor of Sports Medicine

Division: Natural Science Division
Office: Rockwell Academic Center (RAC) 110
Phone: (310) 506-4366
E-mail: laurie.nelson@pepperdine.edu

  • B.S., Physical Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 1969
  • M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1973
  • Ph.D., Athletic Administration, University of Southern California, 1979


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Human anatomy
  • Freshman seminar

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Faculty Member of the Year Award, 1994
  • Association of Biologists Using Computing
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Association of Fitness Directors in Business and Industry
  • California Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Ironman Triathlon Conference in Kona, Hawaii, October 1985
  • Women in Sport

Academic Interests:

  • "The Effects of Age on Self-concept and Motivation in Female and Male Ironman Triathletes," with Cathy Hamano (Seaver student), Fall 1988
  • The Psychological Effects on Aerobic dancing and Running in College Students, with Kamie Palmer-Guiessman, Winter 1987
  • Training Responses to Two and Three Days per Week Aerobic Dance and Jogging Programs in College Students, Winter 1987

Selected Works:

  • Dissertation: "A Comparison of AIAW and NCAA Organizational Variability"
  • Thesis: "Immobilization in Guinea Pig Skeletal Muscle"
  • Excuses, Excuses by Carol Jacobs with Laurie Nelson, Shape, 199
  • "Getting Strong," Shape, November 1981, pp. 83-87
  • AIAW Update, Women's Sports, February, 1980, p. 7