Katharine Nelson, MD

Associate Professor, Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry

Katharine Nelson

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-273-9851

Fax 612-273-9779

Office Address:
Katharine Nelson, M.D.
2450 Riverside Ave.
F282/2A West
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Emily Dennis

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Associate Professor, Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry

Associate Designated Institutional Official, Graduate Medical Education

MD, University of Minnesota Medical School

Residency, Psychiatry, University of Minnesota

BA, University of Minnesota


Professional Associations

  • American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, 2010-current
  • American Psychiatric Association, General Member, 2010-current
  • American Psychiatric Association, Member in Training, 2006-2010
  • Minnesota Psychiatric Society, 2006-Current
  • Minnesota Psychiatric Society, Member in Training Representative, 2009-2010
  • Psi Chi Psychological Honor Society, 2002-Current



  • Katharine J. Nelson; Alexandra Zagoloff; Sandra Quinn; Heather E. Swanson; Claire Garber; S Charles Schulz (2014): Borderline personality disorder: Treatment approaches and perspectives. Clinical Practice, 11(3):341-349.
  • Suzanne Witterholt; Katharine J. Nelson (2013): Dialectical behavior therapy applications for psychiatrists. Psychiatric Annals, 43(4):158-161.
  • Katharine J. Nelson (2013): This Issue: Dialectical behavior therapy. Psychiatric Annals, 43(4):149-150.
  • Katharine J. Nelson (2013) Managing borderline personality disorder on general psychiatric units.Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41(4):563-574.
  • Katharine J. Nelson; S. Charles Schulz (2012): Treatment advances in borderline personality disorder.Psychiatric Annals, 42(2):59-64.
  • Hannah Betcher; Katharine J. Nelson (2012): A 44-year-old woman with intrusive thoughts. Psychiatric Annals, 42(8):281-283.
  • David Baldes; Katharine J. Nelson (2012): An 84-year-old man with agitation. Psychiatric Annals, 42(12):449-451.
  • Patricia J. Dickmann; Katharine J. Nelson (2012): A 43-year-old man with memory and behavior disturbance. Psychiatric Annals, 42(12):460-463.
  • Katharine J. Nelson (2012): How to use patient-centered language in documentation. Current Psychiatry, 10(10):70.
  • Katharine Nelson; S. Charles Schulz (2011): Pharmacologic treatment of borderline personality disorder. Current Psychiatry, 10(8):30-40.
  • S.C. Schulz; R. Moen; M. Miller; B. Long; A. Romine; K. Nelson (2009): Borderline personality disorder: A review of treatment approaches. Minerva Psichiatrica, 50(4):309-318.


Teaching Areas

  • Medical School Teaching: Faculty Facilitator for the Foundations of Critical Thinking Curriculum, University of Minnesota Medical School, Academic Year 2010-current
  • Course Director Psyche, 2012-current , Course Co-Director Psyche, 2011-2012, University of Minnesota Second Year Medical Students
  • Mood Disorders (two annual lectures as part of the Psyche course), University of Minnesota Second Year Medical Students, 2010-current
  • Psyche Small Group Facilitator, University of Minnesota Second Year Medical Students, 2010-current
  • University of Minnesota Resident Didactics, Course Director for Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD and Sexual Disorders, PGY2 Residents, 2010-current
  • Course Director/Faculty Mentor for the Resident Case Conference and Journal Club, PGY1&2 Residents, 2010-current
  • Course Director for the Clinical Skills Course, PGY1 Residents, 2010-current
  • Course Director for the Orientation to Psychotherapy course, PGY2 Residents, 2009-current


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Board Certified June, 2011

Clinical Interests

Katharine J. Nelson, MD, is certified by the Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Nelson is the Medical Director of the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Program and was trained during residency in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).