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DAVID OLSON, Associate Professor,
Program/Dept: Psychology
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Contact Info:
440 Reed Hall
Phone: 606.783.2987


Dr. David Olson received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Tulane University and his master's degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, Olson practiced as a clinical psychologist for several years in Oklahoma. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Kentucky. Dr. Olson’s research interests center on various personality dispositions including narcissism, inhibitory and approach systems (BIS/BAS) and proneness to shame and guilt. He is particularly interested in the experience of danger and threat to self and the various interpersonal, affective and cognitive responses to said threat. He serves as the director of clinical training for the master's degree program in clinical psychology and currently teaches three graduate courses: Psychotherapy I, Marital and Family Therapy and Personality Theories. He regularly teaches undergraduate classes in personality and in abnormal psychology.

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