Pamella H. Oliver, Ph.D.

Pamella H. Oliver, Ph.D.

Office: EC522
Telephone: (657) 278-2896



Courses Taught

CAS 301—Developmental Inquiry & Methodology
CAS 312—Lifespan Development
CAS 340— Parenting in the 21st Century  
CAS 490T—Seminar in Behavioral and Developmental Disorders
CAS 490T—Seminar in Family and Development


Dr. Oliver earned her undergraduate degree at UCLA, her Masters in Psychology at CSUF, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Southern California. She interned at the Veteran’s Hospital in Long Beach, where she worked with families and clients with a wide variety of challenges. Dr. Oliver's first profession was as a teacher, and she still enjoys this aspect of her work. Her teaching and research focus on the influence of families on child and adolescent development, with a particular emphasis on the effects of family conflict, violence, and parenting on children’s adjustment.

She conducts research on families at the USC Family Studies Project. She also is an associate director of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study, which has studied the development of over 100 participants from ages one through 29 years. She has published articles on temperament, the relation between violence exposure and children’s adjustment, ethical issues in working with children and families, leadership development and with colleagues from the Fullerton Longitudinal Study, has published a book entitled,   Temperament: Infancy through Adolescence.