Pamella H. OliverPamella 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. Pamella Oliver became a CAS faculty member in 2001 however, she has served as a university administrator for the last four years. She is very excited about returning to the department and teaching in spring 2021. The leadership positions on campus included co-leading the recent 10 year reaccreditation of the university from WASC Senior College and University Commission. From 2016-2018, she served as associate vice president for Academic Programs. In this role she provided leadership in degree planning and curriculum development, student success and quality assurance for the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs. She then served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs from 2018 to July, 2020. In this role she was a member of the President’s Cabinet and led division engagement in areas of institutional priority.

She 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. Dr. Oliver's first profession was as a teacher, and she still enjoys this aspect 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 is an associate director of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study, which has studied the development of over 100 participants from ages one through 38 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.