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Gay Olsen

Contributing Faculty

College of Health Professions

School of Health Sciences

Degree Program Ph.D. Health Services

Gaynel S. Olsen received her PhD in Adult Education at the Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2007. She currently serves as Contributing Faculty - Doctoral Committee, with the DHA program in the College of Health Sciences at Walden University. Her role will be to work with doctoral students as they progress through writing their dissertation. Dr. Olsen has also taught respiratory therapy technology, statistics, bio-medical ethics and epidemiology at other colleges and universities.

Professionally, Dr. Olsen is a registered respiratory therapist and has designed and developed both on-ground and on-line several respiratory therapy programs at other colleges and universities. She served as Director of the Inner City/Rural Preceptorship Program at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, working with third-year medical students in Family Medicine.

Dr. Olsen has a number of publications and presentations on her work in the metrics and equity of third year medical students' remote clerkships in Family Medicine research projects and of distance education comparison metrics to traditional teaching methods.


AAS, Lincoln Land Community College - Springfield, IL United States

BS, Lynchburg College - Lynchburg, VA United States

MS, Old Dominion University - Norfolk, VA United States

PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA United States

Public Service

American Association for University Women, Board of Directors - Richmond, VA United States

Awards / Honors

Carl Perkins Foundation Internship Award , Virginia Community College System , 1994


Olsen, G. S. (2007). A study of the relationships among characteristics of experiences medical students encounter of patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and the objective standardized clinical exam scores during the family medicine clerkship. .

Olsen, G. S. (2000). Olsen, G. S. (2000). A comparative study of the National Board for Respiratory Care Entry-Level Credentialing Examination scores of the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. . The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges .

Olsen, G. S. (1974). Respiratory Therapy for Dogs. Respiratory Care.


Olsen, G. S. (2011). Adult education strategies for developing new leaders. Southside Regional Medical Center.

Olsen, G. S. (2012). Crunching the numbers: Making sense of research articles.. Virginia Society of Respiratory Care.

Olsen, G. S. (2011). Google Docs for interactive group learning on-line. . Virginia Community College System.

Olsen, G. S. (2008). Mentoring & role modeling pipeline programs. . Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).

Olsen, G. S. (2012). Working with interactive software to enhance on-line learning.. Virginia Community College System.