Sarah O'Kelley, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Civitan International Research Center and Sparks Clinics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
933 19th Street South, CH19 Room 307(Location)
1720 2nd Avenue South, CH19 Room 307 (Mailing)
Birmingham, AL 35294-0021
Phone: 205-975-5781
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: January 05, 2021

Sarah O'Kelley

Leadership: LEND Director
UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Clinical Services
Training Director
Discipline Coordinators: Psychology: Developmental
Discipline(s): Psychology
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
National Training Directors' Council
Research: Research: autism spectrum disorders, treatment-outcome with autism spectrum disorders, cognitive phenotype in autism spectrum disorders, behavioral phenotype of autism spectrum disorders, sibling functioning in autism spectrum disorders, family functioning in autism spectrum disorders, early recognition/diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders
Education: Education: undergraduate psychology, graduate clinical psychology, postgraduate clinical psychology, supervision of diagnostic assessment, supervision of cognitive assessment, supervision of therapy, interdisciplinary training, autism spectrum disorders
Service: Service: autism spectrum disorders, cognitive assessment, diagnostic assessment, individual therapy, family therapy, social skills group therapy, community outreach, school consultation, early recognition


Sarah O'Kelley, Ph.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor in the UAB Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics. She has been involved in research and clinical activities with individuals with ASD and their families for over 20 years. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Child Psychology at The University of Alabama and completed her predoctoral internship at the UAB Psychology Internship Training Consortium and postdoctoral fellowship as a UAB LEND trainee. A portion of her postdoctoral fellowship included work as Program Coordinator for the University of Alabama Autism Spectrum Disorders College Transition and Support program (UA-ACTS), a program she helped develop and implement. Dr. O'Kelley's research interests include cognitive/behavioral phenotypes of individuals with ASD and related neurodevelopmental disabilities, screening and early identification, sibling/family functioning, group social skills interventions, and issues across the lifespan for individuals with ASD. She has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications, several chapters, and over 50 conference presentations. She has conducted over 600 diagnostic evaluations for children and teens with suspected ASD/DD, provided clinical supervision to over 50 future psychologists, and mentored the clinical and research development of over 60 trainees ranging from high school to fellowship across multiple disciplines.