Laura Nielsen Psy.D.

Key Facts

  • Occupation: Clinical Psychologist
  • Education: Doctorate of Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology
  • Services: Forensic services, child and adolescent services

Dr. Laura Nielsen obtained both Master’s Degree (MA) and a Doctorate (PsyD) from the California School of Professional Psychology, at Alliant International University, in Sacramento, California. She was born and raised in Reno, NV, and she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is licensed to practice in both California and Nevada.

Dr. Nielsen completed both a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral residency which were both approved by the American Psychological Association, at Sutter Center for Psychiatry, in Sacramento, California. Her experiences in an inpatient hospital helped shape her passion for identifying and treating severe mental illness. Her residency was focused in Child and Adolescent Psychology, and she has received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of individuals aged 5-17.

Dr. Nielsen completed her training in multiple settings including schools (K-12), multiple hospitals (emergency department, inpatient psychiatry, and outpatient psychiatry), as well as the Anxiety Treatment Center (Sacramento). She completed a dissertation, which investigated the differences in personality and psychopathy among sexual offenders. After obtaining licensure, she moved back to her hometown of Reno, following an opportunity to work first-hand with her father, mentor, and fellow psychologist, Dr. Earl Nielsen.

Dr. Nielsen’s clinical and professional interests include forensic assessment (risk assessments, diagnostic evaluations, competence to stand trial, etc.), criminal responsibility, severe mental illness, and psychological functioning as it related to mitigation. She has testified in trial and has been qualified as an expert witness in Nevada. She is also broadly trained in diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and developmental disorders.

In her free time, Dr. Nielsen can often be found spending time with animals. She has two very special cats, and she rides horses every chance she gets. She also enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Nielsen is a founding member of Sapience Practice.

Curriculum vitae (CV) is available on request.