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Terry Oleson, PhD

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Auriculotherapy Biographical Information on Dr. Terry Oleson

Dr. Terry Oleson is an internationally known lecturer in the field of auriculotherapy. Born on February 6, 1946 in Pacific Palisades, California, he obtained an Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1967 and received his Ph.D. in Psychobiology from the University of California at Irvine in 1973. While working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the UCLA Pain Management Center, Dr. Oleson conducted pioneering research on auricular diagnosis and auricular acupuncture, including the first double blind evaluation of auricular diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders punished in the journal Pain in 1980. at has published over 30 scientific articles and two books on auricular acupuncture, including the Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture and the International Handbook of Ear Reflex Points. Dr. Oleson has presented his work on standardized auricular nomenclature at meetings of the World Health Organization in 1990 and has been a principal speaker at other international symposiums on auricular medicine held in China in 1995, 2005, 2010, and in France in 1994, 2000, 2006. Dr. Oleson was co-chair of the International Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, Auriculotherapy, and Auricular Medicine that was held in 1999 and again in 2006. He is President of the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute and he is on the faculty of Emperor’s College, the American University of Complementary Medicine and Ryokan College. In 1998, Dr. Oleson received the Auricular Acupuncture of the Year Award from the International Congress of Chinese Medicine. Dr. Oleson serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and on the journal Medical Acupuncture. His private practice is on the Westside of Los Angeles, California.


Terry Oleson, PhD


University of California at Los Angeles Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroscience 1973 – 1975
University of California at Irvine PhD in Psychobiology 1969 – 1973
California State University at Long Beach MA in Psychology 1967 – 1970
University of California at Santa Barbara BA in Biology 1963 – 1967


Private Practice

Emperor’s College of Traditional

Clinical Psychologist Associate Professor

1977 – Present

1992 – Present

Oriental Medicine    

Ryokan College

American University of Complementary Medicine (AUCM)

Professor of Psychology Adjunct Associate Professor

2010 – Present

1999 – Present

California Graduate Institute Department of Psychology Division of Behavioral Medicine

Professor of Psychology Chair of Psychology

Director of Behavioral Medicine

1978 – 2009

1985 – 2009

1982 – 2009

Logan College of Chiropractic Adjunct Lecturer 1999 – 2006

California School for Professional Psychology, Los Angeles

Samra University

Adjunct Associate Professor

Adjunct Lecturer

1988 – 1992

2003 – 2004

1993 – 1999

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences Adjunct Lecturer 1996 – 1998
UC Irvine Pain Management Center Assistant Clinical Professor 1993 – 1995
UCLA Department of Surgery Division of Neurosurgery Assistant Research Surgeon Staff Research Associate 1976 – 1980

UCLA Department of Anesthesiology UCLA Pain Control Unit

UCLA Pain Management Center

Staff Research Associate Director of Research Biofeedback Therapist Assistant Clinical Professor

1977 – 1980

1977 – 1980

1978 – 1980

1980 – 1990

Los Angeles Pierce College Instructor 1976 – 1978
UCLA Department of Psychology UCLA Brain Research Institute UCLA Department of Psychology Postdoctoral Research Fellow Postdoctoral Research Fellow Lecturer

1973 – 1975

1973 – 1975

1976 – 1977

University of California at Irvine Department of Psychobiology Predoctoral Research Fellow Teaching Assistant 1969 – 1973

Dr. Oleson has taught graduate courses in the following areas:

Physiological Psychology
Brain Activity and Behavior
Behavioral Medicine / Health Psychology
Drug Use and Abuse
Biofeedback Therapy
Clinical Hypnosis
Guided Imagery
  Auriculotherapy and Ear Acupuncture
Micro Acupuncture Systems
Research Methods in Oriental Medicine
Pain Management
Psychosomatic Disorders
Gay Affirmative Psychology
Jungian Psychology
Dream Analysis


Licensed Psychologist in State of California:

Number PSY 5127 Date Awarded September, 1977
Certified Biofeedback Trainer: Biofeedback Society of California

# 227

January, 1978

Biofeedback Certification Institute of America # 1555 September, 1982

Community College Teaching Credential in State of California, 1976 Community College Counselors Credential in State of California, 1976

Professional Organizations:

Auriculotherapy Certification Institute – President of Board of Directors

American University of Complementary Medicine – Member of Board of Directors American Psychological Association

APA Division 38 for Health Psychology APA Division 51 for Men and Masculinity

Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California, Member of Board of Directors

Member of Editorial Board of Professional Journals: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Medical Acupuncture


Auricular Acupuncturist of the Year, 1998               International Congress of Chinese Medicine

American Eastern Medical Institute

Publications Books and Charts

Oleson, T. (2014) Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture, Fourth edition.

London : Churchill Livingstone.

Oleson, T. (1995) International Handbook of Ear Reflex Points. Los Angeles, CA : Health Care Alternatives. Oleson, T. (1995) Ear Reflex Chart Los Angeles, CA : Health Care Alternatives.

Journal Articles and Chapters in Books

Oleson, T. (2014) Standardized Ear Acupuncture Nomenclature Utilizing Auricular Landmarks and 3-D Graphic Imaging for Delineating Different Auricular Zones. Medical Acupuncture, 26 : 103 - 117.

Oleson, T. (2008) Auricular acupuncture. Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Pain Management.

Edited by Weintraub MI, Mamtani, RM, & Micozzi, MS. Springer Publishing Co.: New York,.

Oleson, T. (2007) When will Evidence-Based Acupuncture Reach Real World Clinical Practice? Medical Acupuncture, 19(2) : 61 - 62.

Oleson, T. (2003) Herbal medicine online. J. Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 9 : 581 – 584.

Niemtzow RC, Clydesdale D, Cho ZH, Oleson T, Son Y-D, Johnstone PA. (2002) Are frequency outputs of commercial electro-acupuncture stimulators accurate? Medical Acupuncture, 14 : 41 - 44.

Cho ZH, Oleson TD, Alimi D, and Niemtzow RC. (2002) Acupuncture: the search for biologic evidence with functional magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography techniques. J. Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 8 : 388 - 401.

Oleson, TD. ( 2002 ) Commentary on auricular acupuncture for cocaine abuse. J. Alternative & Complementary Medicine 8 : 123 - 125.

Oleson, T. (2002) Auriculotherapy stimulation for neuro-rehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation 17 : 49 – 62.

Oleson, T. (2001) The role of auricular acupuncture in neurologic reflexes. Alternative and Complementary Treatment in Neurologic Illness. Edited by Weintraub MI. Churchill Livingstone: New York,

Oleson, T. (2001) Neurophysiological basis of auricular acupuncture. In Clinical Acupuncture: Scientific Basis.

Edited by Stux G., Hammerschlag R. Springer-Verlag: Berlin.

Allen D, Oleson T. (1999) Shame and internalized homophobia in gay men. J. Homosexuality 37 : 33 - 43.

Oleson TD. (1998) Differential application of auricular acupuncture for myofascial, autonomic, and neuropathic pain. Medical Acupuncture 9 : 23 - 28.

Simmons MS, Oleson TD. (1993 ) Auricular electrical stimulation and dental pain threshold. Anesthesia Progress 40 : 14 - 19.

Oleson T, Flocco W. ( 1993 ) Randomized controlled study of premenstrual symptoms treated with ear, hand, and foot reflexology. Obstetrics and Gynecology 82 : 906 - 911.

Auerbach JE, Oleson TD, and Solomon GF. ( 1992 ) A behavioral medicine intervention as an adjunctive treatment for HIV - related illness. Psychology and Health 6 : 325 - 334.

Castronova J, Oleson TD. ( 1991 ) A comparison of supportive psychotherapy and laying-on-of-hands healing for chronic back pain patients. Alternative Medicine 3 : 217 - 226.

Batsis T, Oleson TD. ( 1986 ) The application of biofeedback training to high achieving and underachieving high school students. J. of Adolescent Research 1 : 490 - 416.

Kroening RJ ,Oleson TD. ( 1985 ) Rapid narcotic detoxification in chronic pain patients treated with auricular electroacupuncture and naloxone. Intl. J. of the Addictions 20 : 1347 - 1360.

Oleson TD. Investigation of the effects of naloxone upon acupuncture analgesia. Pain 19 : 201 - 204.

Oleson TD, Kroening RJ. ( 1983 ) Electroacupuncture and auricular electrical stimulation. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine 2 : 22 - 26.

Oleson TD, Kroening RJ. ( 1983 ) A new nomenclature for identifying Chinese and Nogier auricular acupuncture points. Am. J. Acupuncture 12 : 325 - 344.

Oleson TD, Kroening RJ. ( 1983 ) A comparison of Chinese and Nogier auricular acupuncture points.

Am. J. Acupuncture 11 : 205 - 223.

Young RF, Oleson TD, Perryman KM. ( 1981 ) Effect of trigeminal tractotomy on behavioral response to dental stimulation in the monkey. J. Neurosurg. 55 : 420 - 430.

Oleson TD, Kroening RJ, Bresler DE. ( 1980 ) An experimental evaluation of auricular diagnosis: the somatotopic mapping of musculoskeletal pain at ear acupuncture points. Pain 8 : 217 - 229.

Oleson TD, Kirkpatrick DB, Goodman SG. ( 1980 ) Elevation of pain threshold to tooth shock by brain stimulation in primates. Brain Research 194 : 79 - 95.

Oleson TD, Liebeskind JC. ( 1978 ) Effect of pain - attenuating brain stimulation and morphine on electrical activity in the raphe nuclei of the awake rat. Pain 4 : 211 - 230.

Oleson TD, , Liebeskind JC. (1976) Modification of midbrain and thalamic evoked responses by analgesic brain stimulation in the rat. In Advances in Pain Research and Therapy, Vol. 1, Edited by Bonica JJ and Albe- Fessard D. Raven Press: New York.

Oleson TD, Liebeskind JC. ( 1975 ) Relationship of neural activity in the raphe nuclei of the rat to brain stimulation - produced analgesia. The Physiologist 18 : 338.

Weinberger NM, Oleson TD, Asche J. ( 1975 ) Sensory system neural activity during habituation of the pupillary orienting reflex. Behav. Biol. 15 : 283 - 301.

Oleson TD, Asche J, Weinberger NM. ( 1975 ) Modification of auditory and somatosensory system activity during pupillary conditioning in the paralyzed cat. J. Neurophysiol. 38 : 1114 - 1139.

Weinberger NM, Oleson TD, Haste D. ( 1973 ) Inhibitory control of the conditional pupillary dilation response in the paralyzed cat. Behav. Biol. 9 : 307 - 347.

Oleson TD, Vodonick DS, Weinberger NM. ( 1973 ) Pupillary inhibition of delay during Pavlovian conditioning in paralyzed cats. Behav. Biol. 8 : 337 - 347.

Oleson TD, Westenberg IS, Weinberger NM. ( 1972 ) Characteristics of the pupillary dilation response during Pavlovian conditioning in paralyzed cats. Behav. Biol. 1 : 829 - 984.

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