Dr. Olsen is an associate professor at the Yale School of Nursing in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Specialty and Associate Director of the YSN Center for Health Policy & Ethics. He has been at Yale for nine years teaching graduate courses in personality theory, psychopathology and health care ethics. Dr Olsen is chair of the Research Ethics Committee at the Yale School of Nursing.
He is also the Assistant Editor of the journal, Nursing Ethics. His publications have appeared in a variety of professional journals including Psychiatric Services, Nursing Research, The Journal of Clinical Ethics and Advances in Nursing Science. His areas of expertise in ethics includes research ethics, ethics in mental health and the ethics of health care relationships.
His PhD, in Nursing with a concentration in health care ethics, is from Boston College. He also has degrees from the Pennsylvania State University, Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing, Hunter College and the University of Washington. He has practiced psychiatric nursing in New York, Washington state, Alaska, Massachusetts and Virginia. His clinical experience includes emergency room assessment, substance abuse treatment and evaluation, prescription of psychotropic medication and both in- and out-patient psychiatric treatment. He has practiced in both urban and rural locations.
He will be teaching psychiatric nursing and health care ethics to students studying advanced practice nursing at the Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy during the fall semester. It is hoped that this is the beginning of an enduring relationship between Sechenov MMA and the Yale School of Nursing.