Clinical Neuropsychologist

Elizabeth Olson, Ph.D.

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Elizabeth Olson, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Psychology

Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research

University of Minnesota

APA-Accredited Predoctoral Internship, Neuropsychology Track

Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neuropsychology

Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cognitive Neuroscience

Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research

McLean Hospital

Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Clinical Neuropsychology

About Dr. Olson

Dr. Olson is a clinical neuropsychologist, cognitive neuroscientist, and psychopathology researcher who received her doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota. She completed a yearlong predoctoral internship in the neuropsychology track at Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and remained there for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. From a clinical perspective, she is a generalist neuropsychologist, experienced in assessing adolescents and adults with a broad array of presenting concerns, including neurological problems such as traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, stroke, and dementia; medical problems such as diabetes, cancer, hepatitis C, and HIV; psychiatric problems such as schizophrenia, posttraumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder; neurodevelopmental problems such as autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; and learning disorders such as dyslexia.

In addition to her work at Metrowest, Dr. Olson is a full-time research scientist at McLean Hospital whose work uses a multimodal neuroimaging approach to understand the neural systems involved in alterations in decision-making and social behavior following trauma exposure. She has a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the Society for Neuroeconomics.

Selected publications

Rosso IM, Killgore WDS, Olson EA, Webb CA, Fukunaga R, Auerbach RP, Gogel H, Buchholz JL, Rauch SL. Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for major depressive disorder: a randomized controlled trial. Depress Anxiety. 2017;34:236-245.

Olson EA, Rosso IM, Demers LA, Divatia S, Killgore WDS. (2016). Sex differences in psychological factors associated with social discounting. J Behav Decis Mak. 2016;29:60-66.

Olson EA, Weber M, Rauch SL, Killgore WDS. Daytime sleepiness is associated with reduced integration of temporally distant outcomes on the Iowa Gambling Task. Behav Sleep Med. 2016;14:200-11.

Demers LA, Olson EA, Crowley DJ, Rauch SL, Rosso IM. (2015). Dorsal anterior cingulate thickness is related to alexithymia in childhood trauma-related PTSD. PLoS One. 2015; 10:e0139807.

Cui J, Tkachenko O, Gogel H, Kipman M, Preer LA, Weber M, Divatia SC, Demers LA, Olson EA, Buchholz JL, Bark JS, Rosso IM, Rauch SL, Killgore WD. Microstructure of frontoparietal connections predicts individual resistance to sleep deprivation. Neuroimage. 2015;106:123-133.

Rosso IM, Olson EA, Britton JC, Stewart SE, Papadimitriou G, Killgore WDS, Makris N, Wilhelm S, Jenike MA, Rauch SL. Brain white matter integrity and association with age at onset in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Biol Mood Anixety Disord. 2014;4:13.

Cui J, Olson EA, Weber M, Schwab ZJ, Rosso IM, Rauch SL, Killgore WDS. (2014). Trait emotional suppression is associated with increased activation of the rostral anterior cingulate cortex in response to masked angry faces. Neuroreport. 2014;25:771-6.

Tkachenko O, Olson EA, Weber M, Preer LA, Gogel H, Killgore WDS. Sleep difficulties are associated with increased symptoms of psychopathology. Exp Brain Res. 2014;232:1567-74.

Killgore WDS, Olson EA, Weber M. Physical exercise habits correlate with gray matter volume of the hippocampus in healthy human adults. Sci Rep. 2013;3:3457.

Killgore WDS, Kipman M, Schwab ZJ, Tkachenko O, Preer L, Gogel H, Bark JS, Mundy EA, Olson EA, Weber M. (2013). Physical exercise and brain responses to images of high-calorie food. Neuroreport. 2013;24;962-7.

Menary K, Collins PF, Porter JN, Muetzel R, Olson EA, Kumar V, Steinbach M, Lim KO, Luciana M. Associations between cortical thickness and general intelligence in children, adolescents, and young adults. Intelligence. 2013;41:596-606.

Schissel AM, Olson EA, Collins PF, Luciana M. Age-independent effects of pubertal status on behavioral constraint in healthy adolescents. Pers Individ Dif. 2011;51:975-80.

Luciana M, Collins PF, Olson EA, Schissel AM. Tower of London performance in healthy adolescents: the development of planning skills and associations with self-reported inattention and impulsivity. Dev Neuropsychol. 2009;34:461-75.

Olson EA, Collins PF, Hooper CJ, Muetzel R, Lim KO, Luciana M. White matter integrity predicts delay discounting behavior in 9- to 23-year-olds: a diffusion tensor imaging study. J Cogn Neurosci. 2009;21:1406-21.

Olson EA, Hooper CJ, Collins P, Luciana M. Adolescents' performance on delay and probability discounting tasks: Contributions of age, intelligence, executive functioning, and self-reported externalizing behavior. Pers Individ Dif. 2007;43:1886-97.

Stone WS, Faraone SV, Seidman LJ, Olson EA, Tsuang MT. Searching for the liability to schizophrenia: concepts and methods underlying genetic high-risk studies of adolescents. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2005;15:403-17.

Olson E, Stark M, Chatterjee A. (2003). Evidence for a unimodal somatosensory attention system. Exp Brain Res. 2003;151:15-23.

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