Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
M.A. Humanistic Psychology
University of California, Santa Barbara
MST, Elementary Education (K-6)
SST, Social Science (K-12)
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 personal is political, the psychological is existential, and social justice means freedom from systems of oppression. When not teaching, Olson enjoys swimming, weight training, reading psychology, motorcycle riding, SU basketball, Chargers football, and spending time with his family.