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Rex Olson

Position Title: Assistant Professor 10 Months
Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Office Location: Hunter Student Development Center
Office Phone: 607-587-4051

Duquesne University
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, M.A. Humanistic Psychology

Syracuse University
Ph.D. Humanities, M.Phil. Humanities, M.A. Sociology

University of California, Santa Barbara
MST, Elementary Education (K-6); SST, Social Science (K-12); B.A. Sociology

Publications and Events: 

Recent Publications/Presentations

"Crossing Lines: A Question of Science, Torture, and Ethics in Psychology," paper presented as part of a symposium on "The Inescapable, Ever-Evolving Dynamic of the Social and Psychological" at the 124th Annual American Psychologicals Association Convention, Denver, CO, August 2016.

"'Eat Your Dasein': Heidegger and the Place of the Letter in Lacanian Psychoanalysis," poster presented at the 123rd Annual American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto CAN, August 2015.

"Knots and Shorelines: On the Necessity of Deconstruction for an Evidence Based Humanistic Psychotherapy," paper presented at the 8th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, American Psychological Association Division (32) at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago IL, March 2015.

(2014). “Undermining Surfaces: Tracing the Psychological Significance of Arche in Archetypal Psychology.” In Sipiora, M. (Ed.), Imagining psychological life: Philosophical, psychological, and poetic reflections (pp. 39-45). Pittsburgh, PA: Trivium Press.

(2014). “Psyche as Postmodern Condition: The Situation of Metaphor in James Hillman’s Archetypal Psychology,” Janus Head  13 (2) 61-91. 




Bio: Professor Olson teaches core courses in the Human Services Management program. Having studied continental philosophy at Syracuse University and humanistic psychology at Duquesne University, his teaching philosophy promotes a vision of psychological wellbeing in which students become self-critical of their various places in the world. Such critical psychology invites students not only to question the social and existential arrangements of their human experience, but to become more responsive to the everyday challenges of that experience in order to improve the world in which they live. From this perspective the political is personal, the psychological is existential, and social justice means working with others to achieve greater individual freedom. When not teaching, Olson enjoys swimming, weight training, reading psychology, motorcycle riding, SU basketball, Chargers football, and spending time with his family.