Dr. O'Hara first came to Clemson for her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She received her MA. in Clinical Psychology at Wichita State University and ultimately got her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Her training has largely focused on behavioral methods of treatment while gradually adding components of cognitive therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) leads the field in evidenced-based, effective treatment outcome research. Since licensure (1988, SC#454), Dr. O'Hara began primarily utilizing CBT with inpatients in crisis at SC state hospitals. She then served as Captain in the United States Air Force during the first Gulf War at RAF Lakenheath, UK, and in Incirlick, Turkey. Clemson University then invited Dr. O'Hara to return as faculty, both teaching and seeing students for evaluation and treatment.
Other jobs include teaching in North Carolina at Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also joined a group practice at Sotile Psychological Associates. When her husband was offered a position at Clemson University teaching Graphic Communications, Dr. O'Hara returned to Clemson University’s Counseling and Psychological Services as a full-time therapist. She left the University in 2004 and now consults and serves a small private practice in the Clemson Area.
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