Sharna Olfman, Ph.D.
- Bachelor of Science, Psychology, McGill University
- Master of Arts, Psychology, Concordia University
- Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, Concordia University
- Abnormal Psychology
- Adult Development
- Child Development
- Adolescent Development
- Counseling Practicum
- Counseling Theories
- Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Childhood
- General Psychology
- Psychology of Parenthood and Parenting
- Psychology of Women
- Social Psychology
- Theories of Personality
Sharna Olfman, Ph.D. is a professor of developmental psychology, a psychologist in private practice and the editor of the Childhood In America book series for Praeger Publishers. Her books include Drugging Our Children: How Profiteers are Pushing Antipsychotics on Our Youngest and What We Can Do to Stop It (with Brent Dean Robbins, Ph.D., 2012), The Sexualization of Childhood (2008), Bipolar Children (2007), No Child Left Different (2006), Child Honoring (with Raffi Cavoukian, 2006), Childhood Lost (2005), and All Work and No Play (2003).
Olfman has written and lectured widely on the subjects of children's mental health and parenting. From 2001 to 2008, Olfman was the founder and director of Childhood and Society, an interdisciplinary, international symposium on a range of childhood issues. She has given several invited addresses, most recently in Seoul, Korea and Sydney, Australia. Olfman is a member of the Council of Human Development and a partner in the Alliance for Childhood.
- Drugging Our Children: How Profiteers are Pushing Antipsychotics on Our Youngest and What We Can Do to Stop It with Brent Dean Robbins, Ph.D. (2012)
- The Sexualization of Childhood (2008)
- Bipolar Children (2007)
- No Child Left Different (2006)
- Child Honoring with Raffi Cavoukian (2006)
- Childhood Lost (2005)
- All Work and No Play (2003)
Selected Scholarly Presentations and Publications
- "Drugging our Children: How Profiteers are Pushing Antipsychotics on our Youngest, and What We Can Do to Stop It," co-presented at Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2012.
- "Cultural Construction of Asperger's and Tourette's Syndrome," co-chair, American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 2001.
- "Asperger's disorder in cultural context," American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 2001.
- "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: An American construct," American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C., Aug. 2000.
- "The A.D.D. epidemic: Its cause and cure," Finkelhor Lecture, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pa., April 1999.
- "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A women's issue," 24th Annual Association for Women in Psychology Conference, Providence, R.I., March 1999.
- Children's mental health
- The overuse and abuse of psychiatric medication with children
- Cultural influences on children's development
Selected Awards and Honors
- Postdoctoral fellowship, C.M. Hincks Treatment Centre, Toronto, 1988-89
- Doctoral fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1981-85
- Professor J.P. Zweig Award for thesis research, Concordia University, 1985
In the News
- "The Radicalization of Bedtime Stories," The Atlantic, Nov. 11, 2018.
- "What 'Go to Your Room' Teaches Kids About Dealing with Emotions," Kopitiam Bot, Nov. 7, 2018.
- "The Science and Pseudoscience of Mental Health Podcast," Mad in America, Sept. 27, 2018.
- "Day 9: Sharna Olfman on Child Mental Health Controversies," Psychology Today, Jan. 26, 2016.
- "The Genetics of Schizophrenia: A Left Brain Theory about a Right Brain Deficit in a Left Brain World," Mad in America, Jan. 25, 2016.
- "Where Mental Health Issues in Children Begin and End," WESA 90.5, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station, April 9, 2015.
- "Newsmaker: Sharna Olfman," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 29, 2015.
- "Keeping Kids Sharp During the Summer," KDKA-TV, July 24, 2014.
- "Drugging Our Children," WESA 90.5, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station, Sept. 4, 2012.
Point Park Features
- "Professor in National Publications Psychology Today and Mad in America," Point Park University website, Jan. 28, 2016.
- "Faculty Profile: Sharna Olfman, Ph.D., Psychologist and Professor of Psychology," Point Park University website, Aug. 10, 2015.
- "Dr. Sharna Olfman Explores Better Mental Health Treatment for Kids," The Point, Spring 2015.
- "Latest Research in Children's Mental Health is Focus of Book, Film Event," Point Park University website, March 2, 2015.
- "Psychology Department Hosts National Conference, Builds Programs," The Point, Spring 2012.
- "National Psychology Conference Allows Students to Showcase Their Original Research and Meet Scholars," Point University website, April 26, 2012.
- "Psychology Professors' New Book Critiques the Overuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Children," Point Park University website, March 26, 2012.