Julie Olson, Sociology & Demography Statistician

Julie Olson

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.


  • Ph.D. Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University (2010). Dissertation: "The Decline of Suicide in Sweden; 1950-2000"
  • M.A. Social Sciences, Program in Demographic and Social Analysis, University of California, Irvine (2000). Thesis: "Why We Should Consider Survival Techniques in Analyzing Child Abuse Data"
  • B.A. Social Ecology, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine (1999)


Statistical/Demographic Consultant, FREELANCE 2012-present

  • Demographic and statistical analysis
  • Range of clients: education, academic, real estate & housing, market research, public health
  • Investigate anomolies in data
  • Design research projects, review manuscripts
  • Creative methods to maximize analytic potential for clients

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine (2006-2011)

  • Taught graduate-level "Demographic Analysis" (core methods course for M.A. program in Demographic & Social Analysis; approx. 20 M.A. & Ph.D. students) and "Homicide and Suicide" (upper-division undergraduate course in top-ranked criminology program, 100-120 students)

Researcher, Fulbright – International Educational Exchange Program, Stockholm, Sweden, 2002-2003

  • Conducted independent research project on decline of suicide in Sweden, with minimal supervision

Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Trainee in Demography, National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHS) through Population Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University, 2001-2003

  • Conducted PhD-level dissertation research

Research Assistant/Data Manager, Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine, 2000-2001

  • Analyzed longitudinal survey data (U.S. General Social Survey) using cohort decomposition and regression methods

Sole-authored Publications

  • 2010. The Decline of Suicide in Sweden: 1950-2000. Dissertation Abstracts International

Publications With Colleagues

  • 2010. The impact of the National Practitioner Data Bank on licensing actions by state medical licensing boards. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. 33(1): 94-126.
  • 2010. The unintended consequences of tort reform: changes in medical licensing board actions. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 7(1), 117-140.
  • 2008. Family structure and differential child abuse: the role of siblings. International Journal of Social Inquiry 1(1), 121-150, Special issue – Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • 2005. Explaining Educational Influences on Attitudes toward Homosexual Relations. Social Science Research, 34(4), 781-799.


"I want to tell you what a pleasure it was to work with Dr. Olander. I was very nervous about working online from a distance, but she alleviated my fears and I am so glad I worked with her. She is very thorough, detailed, and easy to work with. Her statistical analysis skills are excellent. I would highly recommend Dr. Olander to anyone that needs statistical analysis." Patricia Salmeron, RN, MSN, FNP, NP-C, Doctorate of Nursing Practice candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

"Julie was a wonderful and supportive statistician who rose to the occasion given my time crunch pre-dissertation defense. She was quite pleasant to communicate with, was very knowledgeable and I have recommended her to my professor and the current acting Dean of the School of Nursing (Fairfield University). Her work was professional and well thought out. She provided a very thorough report outlining all of her work. Without hesitation I recommend her." Maureen G. Roussel, DNP

"Great class! She is the sweetest professor and really wants to see her students do well. You will learn a lot."

"She is a great professor. Take her if you can. I highly recommend her."