Dr. Ava K Oleson

Title & Contact Info

Associate Professor of Counselling

 Email: aoleson [at] tyndale.ca
 Phone: 416.226.6620 ext. 2270
 Personal Website

Academic Credentials

  • BA, Vanguard University of Southern California, Psychology/Religion, 1982
  • MS, Fuller Seminary Graduate School of Psychology, Marital/Family Therapy, 1994
  • DMin, Evangel University, Leadership/Psychology, 2013

Areas of Specialization

Trauma Related Issues, Anxiety & Depression, Phase of Life, Women's Issues


Building on over twenty-five years in Higher Education, Marriage and Family Therapy, Leadership Development, and Pastoral Ministry, Dr. Ava Oleson served as the Doctor of Ministry Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Leadership Studies & Counseling at Evangel University. She also taught at Vanguard University of Southern California, Northwest University, and The School of Urban Ministries College and Seminary. Before coming to Tyndale in 2020, She had been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California since 1994.

She brings to the role an extensive background in counseling, leadership, systems thinking, education, and integration. Her expertise has taken her to Belgium, France, Germany, Romania, Argentina, and Canada. Her writing appears in national publications and journals, and her doctoral work focused on the cognitive and behavioral competencies necessary to ensure long term sustained impact for professional females in the 21st century.

Favourite Place on Campus

The Chapel

Favourite Place in Toronto

Downtown because I love people, energy, and the unique culture and feeling downtown Toronto offers. I find people in Toronto generally friendly if you are friendly to them, and I try to meet at least one person to chat with and hear even a tiny bit of their story. I also love sitting at an outdoor restaurant on a warm summer evening drinking iced tea while visiting with family or friends.

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