Andrew Nelson, PhD
Understanding your child or teen’s mental health needs can be daunting—but it doesn't have to be. Dr. Drew specializes in helping children, teens, young adults, and their families not only take on mental health challenges, but also understand them, allowing patients to navigate the world around them with more confidence.
About Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew Nelson is a licensed psychologist working with children, adolescents, and adults for therapy and diagnostic evaluations. He completed his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University in 2008 and took two years off to experience life before entering graduate school. He received his doctorate from the SUNY University at Buffalo in 2015 after completing a
pre-doctoral internship at the Canisius College Institute for Autism Research and Counseling Center. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in 2016 at the Summit Center Behavioral Pediatrics Clinics completing evaluations and ongoing therapy with children and adolescents with a variety of difficulties.
After being licensed in 2016, Dr. Drew went to work for the NYS Office of Mental Health at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center. He spent six years at the hospital working with children, adolescents, and their families to help them maintain safety and stability and step-down to a lower level of care. For the past year, he has been working at the WNY CPC Day Treatment Program with adolescents and families in a therapeutic school setting, helping to reintegrate students into the least restrictive environments.
Dr. Drew has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of difficulties, including but not limited to: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder, behavior disorders and ADHD, adjustment difficulties, psychosis and thought disorders, school avoidance, gender identity issues, learning and intellectual disabilities, and post-traumatic stress. He is able to complete evaluations for all of the above areas of concern, including autism spectrum disorder evaluations meeting the standards of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
Dr. Drew is a fan of alternative music, Marvel movies, Mario Kart, and is a lifelong Syracuse Orange basketball fan.