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Pedro Olvera, Psy.D.

Associate Professor, School Counseling and School Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5124
Email: polvera@apu.edu
As an associate professor in the School Psychology Program at Azusa Pacific University (APU), and former School Psychology Program Director, Dr. Olvera has been involved in program and course development, student admission into the School Psychology Program, accreditation/compliance, and student advisement. He is also involved in developing collaborative relationships with local school districts with regards to practicum and internship placements. Dr. Olvera, with the support of the Dean’s office, departmental leadership/faculty and staff, led the program’s successful effort to receive approval from the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) and creation of the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Clinically/Educationally Related Mental Health Counseling (CERMHS) tracks. Dr. Olvera has experience writing accreditation documentation for NASP, NCATE, CTC, and WASC. He has also served as a reviewer for NASP-seeking programs.

Dr. Olvera is currently an associate editor for the Contemporary School Psychology (CSP) academic journal and a reviewer for Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP). He has experience presenting at state and national conferences and is frequently called upon to present and consult with school districts and parent groups. His presentations include book chapters and peer-reviewed journals in the areas of bilingual psychoeducational assessment, home-school collaboration, and specific learning disability assessment methods. Dr. Olvera’s research interests include bilingual school psychological service delivery, home-school collaboration with Latino/Spanish speaking families, best practice bilingual psychoeducational reports, and specific learning disability identification (SLD) methods using Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory.

As a bilingual school psychologist and clinical practitioner in a large urban school district, Dr. Olvera developed a specialty in differentiating academic difficulties due to language acquisition versus learning disabilities. He has experience in the assessment of the following disorders: autism, emotional disturbance, ADHD, developmental disabilities, and other health factors which may contribute to a child’s learning problems. As a private practitioner, Dr. Olvera conducts Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) and has served as an expert witness in due process administrative hearing cases.

Education

  • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Educational Psychology (School Psychology)
  • Masters of Education in School Psychology

Credentials/Certifications

  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential- School Psychology (California)
  • Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP)

Department

School of Education

  • School Counseling and School Psychology

Expertise

  • Bilingual/ELL Assessment
  • Psycho-Educational Assessment
  • School Psychology

Courses Taught

  • EDCO 545 – Positive Behavior Supports and Classroom Intervention
  • EDPY 633 – Multicultural and Bilingual Assessment and Intervention
  • EDPY 635A – Role and Function of a School Psychologist: Positive Behavior Supports
  • EDPY 635B – Role and Function of a School Psychologist: Individual/Group Counseling
  • EDPY 635C – Role and Function of a School Psychologist: Assessment
  • EDPY 637 – Child Psychopathology: Assessment and Treatment
  • EDPY 681 – Psychoeducational Assessment I
  • EDPY 683 – Psychoeducational Assessment III