Who’s Behind College Parent Central?

Vicki Nelson — College Parent Central Founder/Editor, Podcast Co-host

Vicki Nelson presenting at Curry College homecoming 2017Vicki Nelson has more than forty years of experience in higher education as a college professor, academic advisor, speech coach, and administrator.  She has also weathered the college parenting experience successfully with her three daughters — all now graduated.

Vicki began College Parent Central, in 2009, to help college parents navigate the delicate balance of support, guidance, appropriate involvement — and knowing when to get out of the way. She is also cohost, of the College Parent Central Podcast which began in 2019. Both the website and the podcast continue to provide information to help parents prepare and support their college-going students.

Vicki lives in the Boston area and teaches Communication at Curry College, in Milton, MA. When she isn’t at school, writing, or podcasting you may find Vicki playing flute in a local orchestra, cooking, kayaking, or in her favorite role of ”Gram.”

Dr. Lynn Abrahams – College Parent Central Contributor, Podcast Co-host

Dr. Lynn Abrahams has worked with students with learning differences in post-secondary education for over 30 years. She has studied the neurodevelopment of students with learning differences in multiple contexts: alternative high schools, correctional settings, and community college.

Lynn’s interests include how college students with language-based learning differences develop a separate identity in relation to changing family relationships; as well as the particular experience of multilingual, multicultural, and international post-secondary students who have learning differences, and best practices for supporting students and families transitioning into the college environment.

Dr. Abrahams is a professor in the Program for Advancement of Learning program at Curry College and lives in the Boston area.  She has two sons and has experienced being a college parent with both of them.



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