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Diane Graves Oliver

Diane Graves Oliver

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Tel: 301-696-3963
Office: Tatem Arts Center, Room 319
Office hours: Monday: 1-2 p.m.; Tuesday: 10-11 a.m.; and by appointment


  • NIMH Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • B.A., Brown University

Courses taught

  • PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 239: Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 431, 531: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 500: Human Development as a Lifelong Process


Diane Oliver, Ph.D., is a child clinical psychologist interested in the cognitive, social and emotional development of ethnic minority children. She is particularly interested in the dynamics of ethnic identity development in school-age children, and the integration of information technology (e.g. computers and the Internet) in African American family life.  Oliver also studies school-age children’s perceptions of religion and spirituality. Oliver works closely with colleagues from the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan’s Program for Research on Black Americans.

Areas of expertise

Child clinical psychology, multicultural psychology, developmental psychology and forensic psychology


Hood College, Board of Associates McCardell Professional Development Grant

Selected publications

  • Oyserman, D. & Oliver, D. (2009). Ethnic and racial identity. In D. Carr (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, Vol. 2. (pp. 128-132). Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.
  • Hayslip, B., McMurtry, S. L., King, J. K., Kaminski, P.L., & Oliver, D. (2008). Older Adults. In Steven L. McMurtry (Ed.) Desk Reference Guide to Rapid Assessment Instruments. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Rogers, R. & Oliver, D. G. (2002). Psychological and psychiatric measures in forensic practice. In R. Rosner (Ed.), Principles and practice of forensic psychology (2nd Edition). New York: Oxford University Press.