Dr. Oliver began teaching at The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in January 2002. She has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Oliver is an ANCC Board Certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and NLN Certified Nurse Educator. She earned her Ph.D. at Georgia State University. While attending Georgia State University, she received the Promise of Nursing for Georgia Regional Faculty Fellowship, an educational support funding award. Dr. Oliver also received the Sigma Theta Tau International Epsilon Alpha Chapter Research Committee Award.
Dr. Oliver completed a one-year post-doctoral Health Disparities Research Training Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a federally funded researcher. Her research focuses on cancer health disparities, with a major focus on cancer in the areas of education, screening, and decision-making. Dr. Oliver has co-edited a journal, authored over 30 publications and presented at local, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Oliver is actively involved in Community Based Participatory Research and works with a collaborative multidisciplinary team of researchers both locally and internationally. In 2014, Dr. Oliver was recognized and received the Capstone College of Nursing Outstanding Scholarship Award.
Dr. Oliver serves on the Susan G. Komen, North Central Alabama Board of Directors and as 2017 Board President. She serves on the leadership team of the African Caribbean Cancer Consortium, a NCI-EGRP supported consortium that supports international collaboration and research. She is a Faculty Associate and Executive Board member of the Alabama Research Institute on Aging. Dr. Oliver is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
In 2015, Dr. Oliver completed the inaugural Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy. She currently serves as President (2016-2018) of the local Epsilon Omega chapter of STTI. Dr. Oliver is a Tenured Full Professor and proud graduate of the Capstone College of Nursing. She continuously exemplifies the Teaching, Research, and Service Mission of The University of Alabama.