Avery Olson

Ph.D., Education - Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., Education - Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles

M.S., Counseling - Student Development in Higher Education, CSU Long Beach


Poverty & Education; Social Policy & Social Inequality; College Student Development; Organizational Theory; Higher Education Equity Intervention Testing; Mixed Methodologies.

Ozaki, C. C., Olson, A. B.,  Johnston, M. P., & Pizzolato, J. P. (July 2020). Understanding persistence using a phenomenological variant of ecological systems framework. Community College Review. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/009155212090684. 

Olson, A. B. (2019). College student development and the complex intersections of class, race, and gender. In J. C. Garvey, J. C. Harris, D. R. Means, R. J. Perez, & C. J. Porter (Eds.), Case studies for student development theory: Advancing social justice & inclusion in higher education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Monje-Paulson, L. N., Olson, A. B., Pizzolato, J. P., & Sullivan, K. A. (2019). Adult learner career trajectories: Vocational self-concept development in CalWORKs community college students. College Student Affairs Journal, 37(1), 68-82.

Pizzolato, J. E., Olson, A. B., & Monje-Paulson, L. N. (2017). Finding motivation to learn: CalWORKs, academic identity development, and motivation. Journal of Adult Development, 24(4), 295-307.

Pizzolato, J. E., & Olson, A. B. (2016b). Poverty and knowing: Epistemological development in welfare-to-work community college students. Review of Higher Education, 39(4), 571-596.

Pizzolato, J. E., & Olson, A. B. (2016a). Exploring the relationship between the three dimensions of self-authorship. Journal of College Student Development, 57(4), 411-427.

Olson, A. B. (2011).  Foreword of Part 4: Dismantling college opportunity in California. In G. Orfield (Ed.), The CSU crisis and California‚Äôs future (pp. 106-107). Los Angeles, CA: The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.