Dr. Julie Olson earned a dual-title Ph.D. in Demography and Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. in Demographic and Social Analysis from the University of California at Irvine.
She approaches research from an interdisciplinary background and has published on a variety of topics in public health, criminology, and sociology, including family structure and the risk of child abuse, tort reforms and physician sanctioning, the impact of education on attitudes toward deviance, and changes in suicide rates.
Dr. Olson specializes in mixed methods and longitudinal statistical analysis and has used survival analysis (i.e., Cox proportional hazards regression), time series regression, panel regression, Poisson and negative binomial regression, and logistic regression. She is also experienced in factor analysis, structural equation modeling, analysis of survey data, period effects, the handling of clustered/dependent observations, interaction effects, and descriptive statistics.
She has taught graduate-level Demographic Analysis courses and is skilled in demographic methods such as standardization, life tables, and cohort decomposition (cohort analysis). Her dissertation analysis on the decline of suicide in Sweden (1950-2000) was unique in that she combined qualitative methods (interviews) with attitudinal data from multiple waves of surveys and a variety of demographic and population data. She lived in Sweden as a Fulbright graduate student researcher to collect her data.
She uses U.S. and international population data sources and analyzes large, longitudinal data sets, including the World Values Surveys and the U.S. General Social Survey. Dr. Olson takes a hands-on mentoring approach with students and prides herself on making complex statistical analyses accessible to less-technical audiences.
Statistical/Demographic Consultant, FREELANCE 2012-present
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine (2006-2011)
Researcher, Fulbright – International Educational Exchange Program, Stockholm, Sweden, 2002-2003
Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Trainee in Demography, National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHS) through Population Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University, 2001-2003
Research Assistant/Data Manager, Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine, 2000-2001
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