Interests and Publications


Counseling and Mental Health

Marquis, A. & Boxell, O. (2022). Understanding schizophrenia: An integral analysis of its etiology and treatment. The Integrative Therapist, 8(3), 5-7.

Boxell, O. & Marquis, A. (2022). An integral analysis of the etiology and treatment of schizophrenia: Integrated pluralism in research and clinical practice. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 32(4), 453-472.

Boxell, O. (2020). Social context affects mental health stigma. Open Health, 1(1), 29-36.

Guiffrida, D., Boxell, O., Hamell, S., Ponicsan, I., & Akinsete, R. (2018). Supporting Black British university students, part two: Understanding students' experiences with family members. University and College Counselling, 6(4), 4-9. [Download]


Guiffrida, D., Boxell, O., Hamell, S., Ponicsan, I., & Akinsete, R. (2018). Supporting Black British university students, part one: Understanding students' experiences with peers and academic staff. University and College Counselling, 6(3), 4-11. [Download]


Boxell, O. (2017). On the utility of introducing formal theory to counseling. Philosophical Practice: Journal of the American Philosophical Practitioners' Association, 12(3), 1992-2004. [Download]

General Cognitive Science and Human Development

Boxell, O. & Felser, C. (2017). Sensitivity to parasitic gaps inside subject islands in native and non-native sentence processing. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 20(3), 494-511.


Boxell, O., Felser, C., & Cunnings, I. (2017). Antecedent contained deletions in native and non-native sentence processing. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 7(5), 554-582.


Jessen, A., Festman, J., Boxell, O., & Felser, C. (2017). Native and non-native speakers' brain responses to filled indirect object gaps. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 46(5), 1319-1338.


Boxell, O. (2016). The place of Universal Grammar in the study of language and mind: A response to Dabrowska (2015). Open Linguistics, 2(1), 352-372. [Download] 


Boxell, O. (2014). Lexical fillers permit real-time gap-search in island domains. Journal of Cognitive Science, 15(1), 97-135.


Boxell, O. (2014). Processing Filler-Gap Dependencies and Their Constraints During Language Comprehension. Ph.D. thesis, University of Potsdam.


Boxell, O. (2012). Discourse-linking and long-distance syntactic dependency formation in real-time. In E. Boone, K. Linke, & M. Schulpen (eds.). Proceedings of ConSOLE, 19, 151-175.


Radford, A., Felser, C., & Boxell, O. (2012). Preposition copying and pruning in present day English. English Language and Linguistics, 16(3), 403-426.


Human beings are capable of advanced thoughts, emotions, relationships, and behaviors unlike that seen in any other species. This may seem like an obvious statement, but if one breaks down the mind into its constituent parts, it becomes clear that intricate algorithmic rule-based systems and real-time processing resources piece together human experience as a whole. Oliver is interested in how the systems of the human brain work, how they generate the abstract information "deep structures" of the mind, how and why mental health conditions emerge from these systems, and how such insights allow us to integrate and augment counseling interventions.

A separate strand of Oliver's interests concerns how the presence of mental health conditions impact people's lives at the social level, and how awareness of these factors can provide an empirical basis for advocacy efforts.

Oliver's primary research interest areas include the following:

  • formal models of the relationship between the brain, the abstract information “deep structures” it computes, mental health conditions, and counseling interventions;

  • development of counseling interventions and psychometric assessments using neurobiological mechanisms that compute the abstract information "deep structures" of the mind;

  • counseling and human development theory, especially using the mental capacity for representational deep structure as a mediator through which to integrate psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic approaches to therapy;

  • neurobiological plausibility of counseling and human development theory;

  • deep structural analyses of existential and socio-cultural constructs and the impact of diverse multicultural and diagnostic group membership on mental health, stigmatization, access to treatment, and clinical outcomes.

See Statements page for a full description of the current research program.