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Olson Lindamarie

Lindamarie Olson

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office: 2007 Little Hall
Phone: 205-348-0049

Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Interconnection of Developmental Trauma and Neuroscience
  • Neuroscientific Interventions for Justice Involved Youth
  • Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents


  • Ph.D. (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston)
  • MSW (Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston), Clinical Specialization
  • BSW (College of Social Work, University of South Carolina), Leadership Distinction in Diversity and Social


Dr. Lindamarie Olson’s research focuses on intervening with at-risk youth to reduce their initial contact with the justice system and to limit their ongoing involvement in the system. Dr. Olson has conducted research examining the effectiveness of neurofeedback in treating trauma symptomatology among justice-involved adolescents in residential care. She was a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Graduate Research Fellow and recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship. Dr. Olson has presented her research at national and international conferences and has helped write multiple state, federal, and international grants regarding mental health, child welfare, and juvenile diversion programs. Her intervention research will explore and examine the effects of trauma and neuroscience on cognitive, mental health, and behavioral change within this population. Research objectives include 1) building and expanding the state of knowledge in this field to address the interconnection of neuroscience, adolescent development, trauma, and juvenile offending, and 2) bridging the gap between research and practice to facilitate a more effective and responsive justice system for youth. Dr. Olson’s research is informed by her clinical experience working with at-risk children and adolescents in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Select Publications


  • Olson, L., & Vaughn, M.G. (2021). Traumatic brain injury and psychopathic features
    among juvenile offenders: Does it matter which traits? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.
  • Olson, L., Gearing, R.E., Pérez Ramírez, B., & Torres, L. (2021). An exploratory study on the
    role of burnout and devaluation among staff in psychiatric correctional facilities. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 66(2-3). 4
  • Pérez Ramírez, B., Barthelemy, J., Gearing, R. E., Olson, L., Giraldo-Santiago, N., & Torres, L. (2021). Examining the influence of mental health on self-stigma in a Mexican prison. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. doi:
  • Leung, P., Cheung, M. and Olson, L. (2021). Social work degrees and belief in the Title IV-4
    E stipend: Predictive factors for worker retention in public child welfare. Child Welfare, 98(5), 75-92. (JCR JIF2019: 0.723; Authorship: 40-30-30).
  • Gearing, R.E., Guetta, R., Moore, K., Gorrochurn, P., Olson, L., Malekoff, A. (in press). Tech Connect: Promoting treatment engagement for adolescents with depression. Community Mental Health Journal.
  • Pérez Ramírez, B., Barthelemy, J., Gearing, R., Olson, L., Giraldo-Santiago, N., & Torres, L. (2021). Suicide in Mexican prisons: Mental health symptomology and risk factors for suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior. The Prison Journal. 101(6), 675–698.
  • Gearing, R.E., Brewer, K., Leung, P., Cheung, M., Olson, L., & Smith, L. (2020). Guidelines for culturally adapting mental health interventions in China. China Journal of Social Work, 13(3), 299-317.