Formerly professor emeritus at the University of Florida and a professor at the University of Texas, Dr. Oakland was board certified in neuropsychology and school psychology. He had a forensic practice and served as a consultant to approximately 200 school boards and agencies. He was a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), American Academy of School Psychology, and American College of Professional Neuropsychology. In addition, he had been president of the International School Psychology Association, International Test Commission, International Association of Applied Psychology’s Division of Assessment and Evaluation, International Foundation of Children’s Education, and APA’s Division of School Psychology.
Dr. Oakland developed 10 standardized tests and wrote and edited 15 books, approximately 100 chapters, and 200 scholarly articles. He was editor of the Journal of School Psychology and associate editor of School Psychology International, and served on the editorial boards of 70 other professional journals. Dr. Oakland received APA’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology, as well as the Distinguished Service Award and Senior Scientist Award from APA’s Division of School Psychology. His many other professional honors include the Legends Award from the National Association of School Psychologists, the Willard Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Association of School Psychologists, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Florida College of Education.
Dr. Oakland died March 4, 2015 at his house in Gainesville, FL. He was 75. In recognition of Dr. Oakland's contribution to the psychological health community, WPS is sponsoring a scholarship in his honor at the Florida Association of School Psychologists (FASP) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).