Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

San Francisco Beach St Campus

Dir, Inst on Disability and Health Psych

Distinguished Professor

Alliant International University San Francisco
One Beach Street, Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94133-1221

415-955-2129

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Research Methods

Research Cluster on Disabilities, Families and Culture (Dissertation Supervision)

Psychopathology and Diagnosis (in person and online)

Principles of Psychotherapy

Physical Disability: Psychosocial/Legal Aspects

Observation and Interviewing

Medical Family Therapy

Learning Theory

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Family Therapy (Beginning and Advanced)

Effective Teaching and Presenting

Dissertation Proposal Design

Disability, Law and Family

Disability, Ethnicity and Culture

Social Psychology (online)

Theory and Technique: Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy with Couples and Families

Consultation and Evaluation

Clinical Supervision

Distributive justice; models of disability; parents with disabilities; diversity training; case formulation, psychopathology and diagnosis; family therapy; cognitive behavior therapy

Olkin, R. (2006). Disability and depression. In F. Haseltine (Ed.), Women with disabilities - A comprehensive guide to care. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Olkin, R. (2006). Why I changed my mind about physician-assisted suicide: How Stanford University made a radical out of me. Journal of Disability Policy Studies.

Olkin, R. (2005). Females with disabilities. In J. Worell & C. Goodheart (Eds.), Handbook of girls' and women's psychological health. New York: Oxford University Press.

Olkin, R. (2003). Women with physical disabilities who want to leave their partners: A feminist and disability-affirmation perspective. Women and Therapy, 26(3/4), 237-246.

Olkin, R. (2003). Women with disabilities. In J. C. Chrisler, C. Golden, & P. D. Rozee (Eds.), Lectures on the psychology of women (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Olkin, R., & Pledger, C. (2003). Can disability studies and psychology join hands? American Psychologist, 58(4), 296-304.

Olkin, R. (1999). What psychotherapists should know about disability. New York: Guilford Press.

(2003, June). Families with disabilities. Keynote address for the American Family Therapy Academy, Miami, FL.

Principal Investigator, "Parents with disabilities and their adolescent children." Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (PR award # H133G990130)., 1999-2003

Multicultural Professional Development Grant Award, California School of Professional Psychology, 1998-1999

Research Grant: "Strategies for Reducing Any Negative Impact of a Physical Disability On Early Adolescents: Designing An Intervention Model For Early Teens and Their Parents." California School of Professional Psychology, 1996

Research Grant: Admissions and retention policies in masters level mental health programs. American Mental Health Counseling Association, 1988

Three Assigned Time and Scholarly Activity Research Grants, California State University, Sacramento; 1987-88; 1988-89 (2)

Three Affirmative Action Research Grants, California State University, Sacramento; 1987-88; 1988-89; 1989-90

Academic History and Background

PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, (Counseling Psychology), 1981

MA, University of California, Santa Barbara, (Counseling Psychology), 1977

BA, Stanford University (Psychology), 1975

Licensed Psychologist, #PSY8053, California, issued 6/1983

Marriage, Family and Child Counselor License, #M17504, California, issued 8/1982

Alliant International University President's Award for Faculty Excellence, 2003

National Multicultural Conference and Summit II: Dalmas A. Taylor Award, 2001

APA Division 43 (Family Psychology) Carolyn Attneave award, 2001

APA Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) award, 2001

Meritorious Performance & Professional Promise Award, CA State Univ., Sacramento, 1988

Award for Outstanding Performance, VA Medical Center, SF, CA; 1983, 84, 85

Outstanding Merit Increase Awards, CSPP: 1991; 1992; 1993; 1995; 2000

Member of four-person California Psychological Association Task Force on Short-term Psychotherapy. Results: report and recommendations to CPA; presentation at APA, 1994

San Francisco Bay Area Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy; President, 1986-1987

American, Western, California, and Contra Costa County Psychological Associations

American Family Therapy Academy

American Counseling Association

Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy

American Association of University Professors

Californians for Disability Rights

Member of APA's Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, 1/02 - 12/04; President of Committee 1/04 - 12/04

National Council on Rehabilitation Education

Member of APA Textbook Guidelines Initiative (re diversity material in undergraduate psychology texts), 5/01 - present

Society for Disability Studies

American and California Associations for Marital and Family Therapy

American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers

American Orthopsychiatric Association

Member of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Task Force on Disability & Substance Abuse, 7/02 - present

Professional Practice and Community Service

Principal Investigator, Department of Education, Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR) grant on parents with disabilities and their adolescent children, at Through the Looking Glass, Berkeley., 1999-2003

Staff member, Through the Looking Glass, Berkeley

Clinical Practice, 1984-present; includes expert witness work re: physical, sensory, and psychiatric disabilities

Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda; 9/90-present

Book Review Board, The Family Psychologist; 1990-present

Ad hoc reviewer for: Journal of Family Psychology, 8/88-present; Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 1995-present; Disability Studies Quarterly, 1995-present; Journal of Counseling and Development, 1991-present

Editorial Board-Rehabilitation Psychology, 1/02 - present