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Pedro Olvera, PsyD

Associate Professor
School Psychology Program Director

Office Phone: (951) 552-8356
Office Location: Yeager Center B237
Office Hours: Alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8-4 PM

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PsyD Educational Psychology (School Psychology) Alliant International University 2007
MA Education (School Psychology) Azusa Pacific University
  • Additional Education

    Azusa Pacific University (APU)
    Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Institute (PNI)
    Neuropsychological Assessment (Supervisor; 2007-2008)

    University of California at Irvine (UCI)
    Graduate School of Education (2013-2015)
    Preliminary Administrative Credential

    University of California at San Diego (UCSD)
    Graduate School of Education (2015-2016)
    Reading Instruction Certificate

    George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
    School of Media and Public Affairs
    Public Policy Institute (July, 2016, 2017)

    University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)
    School of Education (2019)
    Applied Behavior Analysis (Certificate)

  • Courses Taught

    PPS 513 Advanced Psychopathology
    PPS 567 Legal and Ethical Practice
    PPS 577 Fieldwork/Internship School Psychology

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    My academic areas include assessing Dual Language Learners (DLL) who are suspected of having learning disabilities. Understanding the nature of typical second language acquisition and the impact of learning in that language has been an area of utmost importance in my practice. Second language acquisition is often confused with learning disabilities, and consequently, DLL children are misidentified as having learning disabilities. However, understanding the dynamics of the bilingual mind in the early stages of second language acquisition can help connect the student with appropriate academic support. Another interest is creating safe and supportive systems for Latino parents to engage and collaborate with educators. It is crucial that Latino parents feel welcomed, validated, and embraced as equal members at their child's school site. I provide in-services and consultation to school districts to support this process.

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    Azusa Pacific University
    Brandman University

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Olvera, P. (2019). I am Pedro: Embracing my Mexican culture and United States identity. In N. J. Thorsos, J. Martinez, and M.L. Gabriel (Ed.), In Losing the Mother Tongue in the USA: Implications for Adult Latinxs in the 21st Century (Chapter 6). Hapuppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

    Robinson-Zañartu, C., Rodríguez, C.D. & Olvera, P. White Paper: the Provision of School Psychological Services to Dual Language Learners. Contemporary School Psychology, 23, 3–9 (2019).

    Robinson-Zañartu, C., Draper Rodríguez, C. & Olvera, P. Contemporary School Psychology (2019). School psychologists and the opportunities and challenges of serving dual language and English learners: An introduction to the special issue. Retrieved (1/14/2019):

    Olvera, P. (2018). Parent-child border separations: supports to invoke humanitarianism. Association of California School Administrators. Retrieved (1/14/2019):

    Olvera, P., Balmano, A., Vukovich, D. & LeGarreta, R. (2017). A wall and a travel ban: Supporting California’s immigrant children. Sacramento, CA: California Association of School Psychologist. Retrieve:

    Olvera, P. (2014). Contemporary School Psychology (CSP) is committed to improving the practice of school psychologists working with bilingual and bicultural youth. Contemporary School Psychology, 18, 157-158.

    Olvera, P. & Olvera, V. (2014). Bilingual school psychologists: Opportunities and challenges. Contemporary School Psychology, DOI: 10.1007/s40688-014-0034-6.

    Ihori, D. & Olvera, P (2014). Discrepancies, responses, and patterns: The strengths and weaknesses of specific learning disability identification model. Contemporary School Psychology, 15, 1-11.

    Clinton, A. B. & Olvera, P. (2014). Norm-referenced assessment and bilingual populations. In S.G. Little & A. Akin Little (Ed.), Academic Assessment and Intervention (pp. 102-114). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

    Olvera, P., & Gomez-Cerrillo, L. (2013). Integrated intellectual assessment of the bilingual student. In A. B. Clinton (Ed.), Integrated Assessment of the Bilingual Child. Washington, DC: APA.

    Olvera, P. & Olvera, V.I. (2012). Optimizing home-school collaboration: Strategies for school psychologists and Latino parent involvement for positive mental health outcomes. Contemporary School Psychology, 16, 77-87.

    Sikkenga, A.V., Lundeen, R.J., & Olvera, P. (2012). A look at the RTI Social Behavioral-Model in urban schools. CASP Today, 62 (2), 10; 12.

    Martin, R.H., Block, M. & Olvera, P. (2012). School neuropsychology for counselors. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2, 45-47

    Olvera, P. & Cerrillo-Gomez, L. (2011). A bilingual approach (English & Spanish psychoeducational assessment MODEL grounded in Cattell-Horn Carroll (CHC) Theory: A cross battery approach. Contemporary School Psychology, 15, 113-123.

    Olvera, P. & Olvera, V.I. (2010). Supporting the cognitive, academic, and social emotional needs of children with diabetes: The school psychologist’s role. CASP Today, 60(3), 3.

    Olvera, P. & Crosby-Cooper, T. (2010). Strengths–based assessments for school psychologists. CASP Today, 60(1), 6; 1.

    Olvera, P. (2007). Assessment of antisocial behavior in elementary school children: Manifestations, risk factors, models of development, and assessment of comorbid learning disabilities. Dissertations Abstracts International, 68, p. 2812.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    St. John of the Cross Catholic School

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Associate Editor for Contemporary School Psychology (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
    Associate Editor for School Psychology International (Peer Reviewed Journal)
    National Association of School Psychologists (Program Reviewer)
    California Teacher Commission (Program Reviewer)

  • Interests & Hobbies

    I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.

  • Personal Philosophy

    Psalm 46:10
    He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

    Cesar Chavez
    “Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?”