Ed.S., 2013, Georgia State University, Professional Counseling
M.S., 2012, Georgia State University, Professional Counseling
B.S., 1993, Kennesaw State University, Psychology
Allison O’Hara is a Behavior Specialist in the Center for Leadership in Disability. She received her Specialist in Education and her Master of Science degrees in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, also completing graduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her specific interests include application of behavior analytic, positive behavior support, and counseling services for children with developmental disabilities, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders. Previously, Allison worked as a direct therapist, lead therapist, clinical staff trainer, and consulting professional across a variety of private and non-profit settings. She has a broad range of clinical experiences in the application of behavior assessments, behavior interventions, verbal behavior programming, direct instruction, functional communication training, and natural environment teaching. She also has experience providing a variety of counseling interventions including cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression, group therapy for social skills development, and family therapy. Allison strives to educate families, school staff, and community members about how to tailor interventions to each individual person’s strengths, needs, and unique styles of learning.
Allison has a wealth of experience training parents, professionals, and educators in behavior analytic principles and procedures. In 2010, Allison acted as the trainer for all staff, practicum students, and interns working in the Behavior Treatment Clinics of Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta. Currently, through the Center for Leadership in Disability, Allison provides training in functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention planning for parents and educators across the state of Georgia. She strives to educate all of her trainees about effective, positive approaches to behavior intervention in a way that is practical and understandable, using a blend of didactic education, role-playing exercises, shadowing, and ongoing feedback.