PhD, VA National Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Coordinator
Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Elizabeth Oliva, PhD, received her bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from UCLA. She received her doctorate in clinical and developmental psychology from University of Minnesota, where her graduate work was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Oliva completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at UCSD/VA San Diego and, since then, has worked for the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. She is currently the VA National Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) Coordinator and is also a Core Investigator at the VA Center for Innovation to Implementation. Oliva chairs the VA workgroup that developed the national OEND implementation and evaluation plan, was Principal Investigator on a VA grant that evaluated initial implementation of OEND within two Veterans Integrated Service Networks, and was recently awarded another VA grant to evaluate the effectiveness of naloxone distribution within VA. She was also a Co-Investigator on a VA grant that developed and evaluated a multi-faceted intervention to improve access to pharmacological treatments for alcohol dependence. Oliva also serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Substance Abuse.