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Dr. Mark Olson

Associate Professor
School of Social Work
Rachel Cooper - RC 310
  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Research

Current Courses

413.001Generalist Practice Development Laboratory

413.002Generalist Practice Development Laboratory

414.001Generalist Social Work Practice I: Individuals

Teaching Interests & Areas

Research methods; evidence-based practice; practice evaluation.

Research Interests & Areas

Post-traumatic stress; military social work; social work with older adults; student self-efficacy; sexual minorities.

Ph D Social Work

Barry University
Miami, Florida

MSW Social Work

Forida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

BS Psychology

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

Team Excellence Award

Illinois State University

Social Work Educator of the Year.

National Association of Social Workers, Northwest Florida Chapter

Special Congressional Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Community.

Congressman, Jeff Miller

Book Review

Olson, Mark (2020) "Review of The Age of American Unreason in a
Culture of Lies by Susan Jacoby," The Journal of Sociology &
Social Welfare: Vol. 47 : Iss. 2 , Article 13.
Review of The Rise of the Military Welfare State, by Jennifer Mittelstadt, Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, XLIII (June 2016): 187-190.

Book, Chapter

Olson, M.D. (2016). Social Security. In N. S. Lind, E.T Rankin, & G. Harris (Eds.), Today’s economic issues: Democrats and Republicans. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO.

Journal Article

Olson, M. D. (2020). The impact of social exclusion on trauma
reactions in older adult veterans. Social Work, 65(2), 123–130.
Olson, M.D. (2020). A reflection on the nature of teaching and
learning in the context of study abroad. Reflections: Narratives
of Professional Helping, 26(1), 89-103.
Olson, M. D. (2018). Exploring military social work from a social
justice perspective. International Social Work, 61(1), 119–129.
DeSouza, E.R., & Olson, M.D. (2018). Coming out in the classroom: Still an occupational hazard? Revista de Educação, Ciência e Cultura, 22(3).
Wesselmann, E. D., Ispas, D., Olson, M.D. , Swerdlik, M. E., & Caudle, N. M. (2018). Does perceived ostracism contribute to mental health concerns among veterans who have been deployed? PLoS ONE, 13, e0208438. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208438.


Examining Age Cohort Differences in Resilience, Social Support and Trauma Response Among Older Adult Veterans.. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference.. Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).. (2023)
Encouraging Increased Partnership between Mental Health Researchers and Military-Focused Organizations.. Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), 94th Annual Conference.. Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA).. (2022)
The Influence of Social Exclusion and Integration on Trauma Reactions in Older Adults.. Aging & Social Change: Ninth Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Vienna.. (2019)
Coming Out in the Classroom: Still an Occupational Hazard?. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. (2015)
Exploring Military Social Work from a Social Justice Perspective.. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. (2015)
Innovations in social work training: A case study of interprofessional collaboration. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Education. (2013)
U.S. and Japan Educational Exchange on Aging Issues. Alabama Conference of Social Work.. (2013)
Developing Community Teaching Collaborations to Improve Cultural Competence: Training Veteran Service Workers.. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference.. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. (2012)
Paper Presentation:Compassionate stereotypes: Examining the relationship between ageism and perceptions of elder vulnerability.. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. (2012)
Preventing Job Burnout in Social Workers Caring for Older Adults. Jikei College of Social Welfare. (2012)

Grants & Contracts

Study Abroad Program in Japan.. University of West Florida Office of Diversity and International Education.. Other. (2012)