Dr. Olson holds
a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a
special emphasis in child and adolescent
assessment and psychopathology. She received
intensive training in pediatric psychology,
developmental psychopathology, and developmental
disabilities. She completed her doctoral
internship at LaRabida Children’s Hospital and
Research Center, and received post-doctoral
training with Catherine Lord, Ph.D. (principal
developer of the ADOS and co-developer of the
ADI-R) at the University of Chicago.
Olson works independently as an autism and early
childhood consultant. She spends most of her
time facilitating clinical and research
trainings across the country, and around the
world, on standardized test measures used to
assess children for autism spectrum disorders (ASD),
including the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI)
and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).
She is involved in multiple federally funded
research projects in the United States and
Canada looking at the early diagnosis of young
children with autism, the efficacy of
intervention, and biomedical etiologies for
autism. Additionally she regularly consults
with local school districts, early childhood
agencies, and individual families providing
autism-specific diagnostic evaluations.
Dr. Olson also
serves as full-time adjunct faculty at the
Chicago School of Professional Psychology where
she teaches graduate studies in Child and
Adolescent Psychopathology and Assessment,
Lifespan, and Family Systems Theory and Therapy.
She is also the
proud mother of two young children.