• Dr. O’Kelley is the Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Clinic at UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics; she is also involved in psychology and interdisciplinary clinical training as the UAB LEND training director. She currently serves as leader of a state work group focused on Developmental Screening and Surveillance for Autism Spectrum Disorders (Act Early Alabama state team). Her clinical interests include cognitive and diagnostic assessment, individual and group therapy approaches, and school consultation for children with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. O’Kelley is a certified provider of the PEERS program developed at UCLA (for more information about UAB PEERS email: PEERS@uab.edu).

    Dr. O'Kelley has been involved in research and clinical activities with individuals with ASD and their families for 15 years. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Psychology Internship Training Consortium, and was a LEND postdoctoral fellow at UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics. From 2006 to 2008, a portion of her postdoctoral fellowship included a position of 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 is a member of the International Society for Autism Research and American Psychological Association and is active in the Alabama Autism Providers Network.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Examining the sustained use of a cognitive behavioral therapy program for youth with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring anxiety 2020
    2019 Scalp EEG spikes predict impending epilepsy in TSC infants: A longitudinal observational study 2019
    2019 Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Genotypes and Developmental Phenotype 2019
    2019 Impacting development in infants with tuberous sclerosis complex: Multidisciplinary research collaboration 2019
    2019 Increased electroencephalography connectivity precedes epileptic spasm onset in infants with tuberous sclerosis complex 2019
    2018 High vigabatrin dosage is associated with lower risk of infantile spasms relapse among children with tuberous sclerosis complex 2018
    2018 Predicting Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Children with ASD: Evaluation of a Contextual Model of Parental Factors 2018
    2018 Training clinicians to deliver group CBT to manage anxiety in youth with ASD: Results of a multisite trial. 2018
    2017 Changes in intrinsic local connectivity after reading intervention in children with autism 2017
    2017 Presentation and diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis complex in infants 2017
    2017 Utility of the Autism Observation Scale for Infants in Early Identification of Autism in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex 2017
    2017 “Decoding versus comprehension”: Brain responses underlying reading comprehension in children with autism 2017
    2017 From word reading to multisentence comprehension: Improvements in brain activity in children with autism after reading intervention 2017
    2012 Care of the newborn 2012

    Research Overview

  • Dr. O'Kelley's research interests include cognitive and behavioral phenotypes of individuals with ASD (previous collaborative and independent studies have included evaluating implicit learning, central coherence, and theory of mind paradigms), screening and early identification (i.e., evaluating validity of screening tools), sibling and family functioning (i.e., the broader autism phenotype and behavioral difficulties in siblings of children with ASD), group social skills interventions, and issues across the lifespan for individuals with ASD. She actively collaborates with investigators within Psychology, throughout UAB, and across the country on funded research projects. She supervises a number of student/trainee projects as a co-director (along with Kristi Guest) of the ASD Database Group at the UAB LEND evaluating clinical data obtained regarding children referred for ASD assessment.

    Cognitive and behavioral phenotypes of children and adults with ASD, ASD treatment-outcome, family functioning in ASD and other developmental disabilities, screening and interdisciplinary diagnosis of ASD
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama 2006
  • Full Name

  • Sarah O'Kelley