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Dr. Rhoda Olkin is a Distinguished Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and the Executive Director of the Institute on Disability and Health Psychology.
Dr Olkin received her BA from Stanford University, her MA and PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Her clinical work includes private practice and expert witness testimony regarding physical, sensory, and psychiatric disabilities. Her practice tends towards shorter term, problem-focused therapy to help people get over a current situation. Her approach combines Cognitive Behavior Therapy with family systems.
Dr Olkin’s professional honors include:
- 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
Her research specialty is disability, and she isa person with a disability herself. Her book (“What psychotherapists should know about disability“) and video (“Disability-Affirmative Therapy: A beginner’s guide“) are both widely used to train clinicians.
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