Research methods; evidence-based practice; practice evaluation.
Research Interests & Areas
Student self-efficacy; social work with older adults; military social work.
Ph D Social Work
MSW Social Work
Forida State University
Florida State University
Team Excellence Award
Illinois State University
Social Work Educator of the Year.
National Association of Social Workers, Northwest Florida Chapter
Special Congressional Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Community.
Congressman, Jeff Miller
Olson, Mark (2020) "Review of The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies by Susan Jacoby," The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 47 : Iss. 2 , Article 13.
Review of The Rise of the Military Welfare State, by Jennifer Mittelstadt, Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, XLIII (June 2016): 187-190.
Olson, M.D. (2016). Social Security. In N. S. Lind, E.T Rankin, & G. Harris (Eds.), Today’s economic issues: Democrats and Republicans. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO.
Olson, M. D. (2020).The impact of social exclusion on trauma reactions in older adult veterans. Social Work, 65(2), 123–130.
Olson, M.D. (2020). A reflection on the nature of teaching and learning in the context of study abroad. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 26(1), 89-103.
DeSouza, E.R., & Olson, M.D. (2018). Coming out in the classroom: Still an occupational hazard? Revista de Educação, Ciência e Cultura, 22(3).
Olson, M. D. (2018). Exploring military social work from a social justice perspective. International Social Work, 61(1), 119–129.
Wesselmann, E. D., Ispas, D., Olson, M.D. , Swerdlik, M. E., & Caudle, N. M. (2018). Does perceived ostracism contribute to mental health concerns among veterans who have been deployed? PLoS ONE, 13, e0208438. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208438.
The Influence of Social Exclusion and Integration on Trauma Reactions in Older Adults.. Aging & Social Change: Ninth Interdisciplinary Conference.. (2019)
Coming Out in the Classroom: Still an Occupational Hazard?. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. (2015)
Exploring Military Social Work from a Social Justice Perspective.. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. (2015)
Innovations in social work training: A case study of interprofessional collaboration. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Council on Social Work Education. (2013)
U.S. and Japan Educational Exchange on Aging Issues. Alabama Conference of Social Work.. (2013)
Developing Community Teaching Collaborations to Improve Cultural Competence: Training Veteran Service Workers.. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference.. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. (2012)
Paper Presentation:Compassionate stereotypes: Examining the relationship between ageism and perceptions of elder vulnerability.. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. (2012)
Preventing Job Burnout in Social Workers Caring for Older Adults. Jikei College of Social Welfare. (2012)
Case Management & Reentry: New Challenges for Community Supervision.. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.. (2011)
Collaborating with emergency medical educators to integrate simulation technology into a social work practice course.. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference.. (2011)
Grants & Contracts
Study Abroad Program in Japan.. University of West Florida Office of Diversity and International Education.. Other. (2012)