Pedro Olvera, PSY.D.

Pedro Olvera, PSY.D.



7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA, 92108
Pedro Olvera

Dr. Olvera is an Associate Faculty and Program Chair of the School Psychology Program.  He is an associate editor for the Contemporary School Psychology (CSP) academic journal and a reviewer for of School Psychologists (TSP). He is also the current President of the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP). He has experience presenting at state and national conferences and is frequently called upon to present and consult with school districts and parent groups.  His presentations include book chapters and peer-reviewed journals in the areas of bilingual psychoeducational assessment, home-school collaboration, and specific learning disability assessment methods.

Dr. Olvera’s research interests include bilingual school psychological service delivery, home-school collaboration with Latino/Spanish speaking families, best practice bilingual psychoeducational reports, achievement gap study, and specific learning disability identification (SLD) methods (Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory).  

As a bilingual school psychologist and clinical practitioner in a large urban school district, Dr. Olvera developed a specialty in differentiating academic difficulties due to language acquisition versus learning disabilities. He has experience in the assessment of the following disorders: autism, emotional disturbance, ADHD, developmental disabilities, and other health factors which may contribute to a child’s learning problems.  As a private practitioner, Dr. Olvera conducts Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) and has served as an expert witness in due process administrative hearing cases.  

  • Psychology
  • Counseling
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Educational Psychology (Specialization: School Psychology)
Alliant International University
Dissertation: Assessment of Antisocial Behavior in Elementary School Children: Manifestations, Risk Factors, Models of Development, and Assessment of Comorbid Learning Disabilities
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education (Emphasis: School Psychology): Pupil Personnel Services authorization in School Psychology
Azusa Pacific University
Thesis: The Assessment of Bilingual Children
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Science
San Diego Christian College
Scholarly Activities
Latunde, Y. & Olvera, P. Trends analysis of NAEP & CST scores of African American students: The effects of NCLB. (In review)
Olvera, P. & Latunde, Y. Examining the impact of No Child Left Behind on Latino children: An examination of NAEP & CST reading score trends during the 2003-2014 years. (In review)
Olvera, P. 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. 2014
Olvera, P. & Olvera, V. Bilingual school psychologists: Opportunities and challenges. Contemporary School Psychology, DOI: 10.1007/s40688-014-0034-6. 2014
Ihori, D. & Olvera, P. Discrepancies, responses, and patterns: The strengths and weaknesses of specific learning disability identification model. Contemporary School Psychology, 15, 1-11. 2014
Clinton, A. B. & Olvera, P. 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. 2014
Olvera, P., & Gomez-Cerrillo, L.Integrated intellectual assessment of the bilingual student.In A. B.Clinton (Ed.),Integrated Assessment of the Bilingual Child.Washington, DC: APA. 2013
Olvera, P. & Olvera, V.I. Optimizing home-school collaboration: Strategies for school psychologists and Latino parent involvement for positive mental health outcomes. Contemporary School Psychology, 16, 77-87. 2012
Sikkenga, A.V., Lundeen, R.J., & Olvera, P. A look at the RTI Social Behavioral- Model in urban schools.CASP Today, 62 (2),10; 12. 2012
Martin, R.H., Block, M. & Olvera, P. School neuropsychology for counselors. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2, 45-47. 2012
Olvera, P. & Cerrillo-Gomez, L. 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. 2011
Olvera, P. & Olvera, V.I.  Supporting the cognitive, academic, and social emotional needs of children with diabetes: The school psychologist’s role. CASP Today, 60(3), 3. 2010
Olvera, P. & Crosby-Cooper, T.  Strengths–based assessments for school psychologists. CASP Today, 60(1), 6; 1. 2010
Olvera, P. 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. 2007
Professional Experience

Azusa Pacific University

Program Director – School Psychology Program (2008-Present):

Provide leadership for successful attainment of accreditation by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP; 2010 & 2012), conduct Program Assessment/Accreditation Reports for the California Teacher Commission (CTC), Internal Program Review for Office of Intuitional Research and Assessment (OIRA), National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) program reports.

Provided leadership for successful attainment of WSCUC accreditation for the Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) in School Psychology (2012). Wrote documents for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Clinically and Educationally-Related Mental Health Counseling tracks.

Provide vision and leadership regarding program, academic standards, academic program review, student recruitment and retention, and faculty hiring; Course development and scheduling; Hire faculty and adjunct faculty; Initiate mentorship programs for advancement of student leadership (local, state, and national).

Maintain program assessment system, evaluate assessment data, and prepare accreditation reports.

Neuro-Educational Clinic (2010-2016):

Bilingual Licensed Educational Psychologist/ Clinical Co-Director

Private practice conducting comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations/Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs) in conjunction with neuropsychological evaluations for bilingual/English Language Learners (ELLs); consult/in-service with school districts on assessments of ELLs; also serve as expert witness on related issues (i.e., record review and due process).

Pediatric Neurodevelopment Institute (PNI) at Azusa Pacific University (2007-2009):

Bilingual Educational Psychologist/ Supervising Faculty

Served as supervising faculty to doctoral and master-level students conducting psychoeducational evaluations to bilingual (Spanish/English) children in the community.

Santa Ana Unified School District (2002-2010):

Bilingual School Psychologist /Supervisor of Interns & Practicum Students

Worked in a heavily populated Latino school district (96%) with primarily Spanish speaking students and families. Provided academic consultation; designed strategies and programs to address social emotional problems; consulted with educators and parents on issues of social development, behavioral and academic difficulties; conducted psycho-educational assessments for purposes of identifying special needs; provided psychological counseling for individuals, groups and families; and coordinated intervention strategies for management of individual and school-wide crises.

Concept 7 Family and Support Treatment Centers (2000-2002):

Bilingual Certification Social Worker & Case Manager

Recruited and trained foster parents (English and Spanish) for the provision of foster care services. Conducted home studies to determine “good fit” foster care placements. Provided social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of foster children and their families. Conducted needs assessments and offered assistance to improve their situation. Services included but not limited to the following: finding respite care, arranging for adoption processes, and location of foster homes for neglected, abandoned, or abused children. Worked with children from Orange County Child Protective Services and maintained regular contact with O.C. Social Services Agency. Carried a caseload of Orange County children placed in foster care in the following counties: Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino.