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Patricia Oliver - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Patricia Oliver Patricia Oliver

Associate Professor of Communication Studies, College of Communication and Fine Arts | Loyola Marymount University


Associate Professor of Communication Studies


Professor Oliver has also taught Communication Studies courses at West Los Angeles College, Pierce College, California State University Northridge, and California State University Los Angeles. She regularly teaches Public Speaking, Interpersonal, Intercultural, Gender Communication, and Rhetoric of Women. She also teaches Communication Behavior in Childhood, Rhetorical Discourse, Rhetoric of Popular Culture, and Health and Disability Communication, among others, and has overseen numerous Communication Practicum (internship) courses.

For California State University Los Angeles, School of Education, she has evaluated the communication skills of student teachers, taught Intercultural Communication in Urban Settings and mini-courses on mainstreaming children with disabilities into regular classrooms. She was the first female chair of the Communication Arts Department (School of Film and Television), LMU and a former chair of the Communication Studies Department, LMU. Former president and program director of California Women in Higher Education, LMU chapter and once named woman of the year by that chapter.

She served as LMU's first sexual harassment mediator, vice president of LMU's Faculty Senate, first vice chair of the Academic Assembly, LMU college facilitator for multicultural affairs, and as a member of LMU's Racial Discrimination Mediation Panel, Intercultural Advisory Committee, and on the Committee on Faculty Committees. And LMU's students once voted her the university's teacher of the year.

Professor Oliver's research focuses on developing peer mentoring to facilitate learning and build communities, particularly among the underprivileged. Her research has taken her from religious communities in Northern California to villages in rural Namibia. In her long career, Professor Oliver has mentored countless students, student organizations, and faculty.

Education (2)

California State University at Los Angeles : M.A.

California State University at Los Angeles: B.A.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Communication Studies Public Speaking Gender Communication Rhetoric of Women

Industry Expertise (3)

Education/Learning Research Training and Development

Affiliations (3)

  • West Los Angeles College
  • Pierce College
  • California State University Northridge

Articles (2)

Rating Scales, Scales of Measurement, Issues of Reliability: Resolving Some Critical Issues for Clinicians and Researchers Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease:


We focus upon several broad issues that are of concern to clinicians and clinical researchers in the areas of biobehavioral and biomedical research, including, but not limited to, the fields of psychiatry, psychology, neuropsychology, and neurology. These issues are the critical reassessment of S. S. Stevens’ quadripartite conceptualization of scales of measurement; the application of criteria to determine the clinical significance of reliability estimates; the detection of subsets of reliable and unreliable raters, when the overall level is of little clinical import; and finally, the application of Kappa statistics when multiple raters evaluate a single case.

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Evolutionary and structural diversity of fungal laccases Springer


Fungal laccases have been extensively exploited for industrial purposes and there is a wealth of information available regarding their reaction mechanism, biological role and several molecular aspects, including cloning, heterologous expression and transcriptional analyses. Here we present the reconstruction of the fungal laccase loci evolution inferred from the comparative analysis of 48 different sequences. The topology of the phylogenetic trees indicate that a single monophyletic branch exists for fungal laccases and that laccase isozyme genes may have evolved independently, possibly through duplication-divergence events. Laccases are copper-containing enzymes generally identified by the utilization of substituted p-diphenol substrates. Interestingly, our approach permitted the assignment of two copper-containing oxidases, preliminarily catalogued as laccases, to a different evolutionary group, distantly related to the main branch of bona fide laccases.

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