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Rhoda Olkin

Dr. Rhoda Olkin has been training clinicians for over thirty years and was a practicing clinician since 1983. She is the coordinator of the Child/Family Track in the PsyD program and teaches the C/FT sections of several classes. She has written three books on the overlap between disability studies and clinical psychology, from a social model and social justice perspective. She is the developer of Disability-Affirmative Therapy and is a frequent presenter and trainer on this topic. 

Professional Interests

Her research specialities are in disability, chronic illness, diagnosis, and health equity. She takes a nonpathologizing and distributive justice approach in her research. 

Education and Certifications
  • Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
  • B.A., Stanford University

  • Observation and Interviewing
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Couple Therapy
  • Working with Clients with disabilities
  • Theory & Technique: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Research Proposal Design 
  • Dissertation 
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field

Dr. Olkin is the author of:

  • What psychotherapists should know about disability 
  • Disability Affirmative Therapy
  • Teaching Disability