Thomas Oakland


School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2003)
School of Education
M.S., Ph.D. 1967


Thomas Oakland is a professor emeritus in the department of educational psychology in the College of Education at the University of Florida. His research interests include educational psychology, psycho-educational diagnostic-intervention theory and methods, minority group children, psychological assessment, law and ethics in psychology.

He is the president of the International Foundation for Children's Education and past president of the International School Psychology Association and the International Test Commission. Throughout his career, Oakland has worked in over forty countries, authored more than 180 chapters and articles, and five psychological tests. He is also a licensed psychologist and board certified in school psychology, neuropsychology, and as a forensic examiner. Oakland has an active clinical practice. Oakland is the recipient of Distinguished Service Awards from American Psychological Association's Division of School Psychology and the International School Psychology Association and received the 2002 National Association of School Psychology's Legend Award and the American Psychological Association's 2003 Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Psychology Internationally.

He attended Lawrence College and Indiana University for his undergraduate and postgraduate education, finishing in 1967 with his Ph.D from IU.