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Dr. Danielle Dixon Scott is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist who received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology and Masters of Education in School Psychology from the University of Virginia.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University where she majored in Developmental Psychology.  She also completed specialized coursework in Early Childhood Education and Special Education and is a former special education teacher who taught children with a variety of learning disabilities.

Dr. Scott has worked in a variety of settings. She has been in private practice for the past ten years. During this time, she provided outpatient psychotherapy, psychological/educational evaluations, and regularly consulted with local schools. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Scott has developed a specialty practice that focuses on psychological and educational assessment for a variety of presenting problems (e.g., attention, learning, and social/emotional issues).  As a former school psychologist, she is regularly sought out as an educational consultant to help parents make informed decisions about future educational planning. Dr. Scott’s educational consultative services have also included relationships with many local preschools. As as consultant, she offers preschool cognitive testing (e.g., with the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence) and provides educational seminars that focus on Kindergarten Readiness. Dr. Scott’s clinical work also includes an internship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, which is a part of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the VCU Medical Center. She is a published author in the areas of Teacher Education and Special Education, and her most recent research investigated the coexisting relationship between reading disabilities and behavioral disorders.

Dr. Scott and her long-term colleague, Dr. Christine Nelson, combined their practices to open the Nelson Scott Evaluation Center in January 2015.  Dr. Scott is married and is a proud mother of twins. She is also an active member of a number of local and national professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations.


Dr. Christine Nelson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice for over 10 years.  As a child psychologist, she is dedicated to improving the emotional health and well-being of children and families. Dr. Nelson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and went on to earn her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She completed her internship at Children’s Hospital Boston, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. In this setting, she received more specialized training in acute crisis intervention, pediatric medical psychology, outpatient psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessment, and psychological/diagnostic assessment. Dr. Nelson returned to Virginia to complete her postdoctoral fellowship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, a part of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at VCU Medical Center.

Dr. Nelson is committed to helping families better understand their child’s learning strengths and weaknesses in an empathetic and supportive manner.  She has particular interest and expertise working with children and adolescents with attention issues and language-based learning disabilities, including dyslexia.  Dr. Nelson enjoys working with “twice exceptional” students – intellectually gifted children who present with coexisting learning and/or attention problems.  She also enjoys the complexity of working with children whose presentations do not fit neatly into any one diagnostic category.

Dr. Nelson is an affiliate faculty member at VCU.  She has previously provided clinical supervision of psychology doctoral students at VCU’s Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD).  The CPSD is an outpatient clinic that provides a range of psychotherapeutic and assessment services to the community.  She additionally served as co-director of the CPSD’s Autism Specialty Clinic from 2010 to 2015.

Dr. Nelson and her long-term colleague, Dr. Danielle Scott, combined their practices to open the Nelson Scott Evaluation Center in January 2015.  Dr. Nelson lives in Midlothian, Virginia with her family.  She is the proud mother of two young boys.

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