Assistant Professor
UAB LEND Training Director
email
Community Health Services Building (19th St) 307U
(205) 975-5781

Research Interests: 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
Sarah O'KelleyTeaching Interests: Cognitive assessment, ASD as neurodiversity 

Office Hours: By appointment

Education:
  • BA, University of Alabama, Psychology
  • MA, University of Alabama, Clinical Child Psychology
  • PhD, University of Alabama, Clinical Child Psychology

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.

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.
Graduate
  • PY 764: Psych Assess: Cognitive Child & Adult
Undergraduate
  • PY 420/HON 325: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders by Challenging the “In Their Own World” Perspective
  • Waselkov, P., Harris, A.N., O’Kelley, S.E., & Guest, K.C. (2014, May). Investigating the Correlation Between Parental Age at Birth and a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Sample of Children with Developmental Delays. Poster presented at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Atlanta, GA.
  • Bukelis, I., Harris, A.N., Patel, A.A., O'Kelley, S.E., Guest, K.C., & Biasini, F.J. (2014, May). Patterns of Psychotropic Medication Use Among Children Referred for Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation. Poster presented at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Atlanta, GA.
  • Patel, A. U., Edwards, S. E., Guest, K. C., & O'Kelley, S. (2013, April). Family history of psychoaffective disorders and autism severity. Poster presented at the UAB Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium, Birmingham, AL.
  • Trinh, E., McCalla, M.K., Harris, A., O'Kelley, S.E., & Guest, K.C. (2013, April). Language and Social Skills in Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Poster presented at the UAB Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium, Birmingham, AL.
  • Grantham, C.L., Harris, A. N., O’Kelley, S.E., & Guest, K.C. (2012, August). When Diagnosing ASDs What Factors Account for Discrepancies between the ADOS and the ADI-R? Poster presented at the 120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, Florida.
  • Harris, A.N., McCalla, M.K., O’Kelley, S.E., & Guest, K.C. (2012, May). The Relationship between Motor and Language Abilities in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the 2012 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Toronto, Canada.
  • McCalla, M.K., Harris, A.N., Edwards, S.E., Sheridan, E.H., Guest, K.C., & O’Kelley, S.E. (2012, May). Exploring the Relationship Between Communication Skills and Sleep Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the 2012 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Toronto, Canada.
  • Lovell, W.A., O’Kelley, S.E., & Mitchell, S. C. (2012, April). A visual schedule and social story for individuals with autism. Poster presented at the UAB Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium, Birmingham, AL.
  • Edwards, S.E., Harris, A.E., O’Kelley, S.E., & Guest, K.C. (2012, March). Examining Sensory Sub-Groups Within Autism in Relation to Language Capabilities. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Alabama Autism Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.
  • Perez, T.A., Gower, M.W., Guest, K.C., & O’Kelley, S.E. (2011, May). Food and Other Allergies in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the 2011 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), San Diego, CA.
  • Wojnaroski, M., Perez, T., Guest, K.C., & O’Kelley, S.E. (2011, May). Differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment and Intervention in Rural, Urban, and Suburban Areas. Poster presented at the 2011 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), San Diego, CA.
  • Lemelman, A.R., Murdaugh, D. L., Crider, C., O’Kelley, S., & Kana, R.K. (2014, May). The Impact of and Verbalizing Intervention on Language Ability in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster accepted for the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Atlanta, GA.
  • Crump, W. & O’Kelley, S. (2012). Care of the newborn, FP Essentials Edition No. 399. Leawood, KS: American Academy of Family Physicians. 
  • Guest, K.C., O’Kelley, S.E., & Biasini, F.J. (2012, May). Screening Measures and Diagnostic Outcomes in Young Children Evaluated for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at the 2012 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Toronto, Canada. 
  • Barber, A.B., Klinger, L.G., O’Kelley, S.E., Holtzclaw, T.N., & Klinger, M.R. (2011, May). Exploring the Relationship Between Language and Repetitive Behavior in School Age Children with ASD. Oral presentation at the 2011 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), San Diego, CA.
  • O’Kelley, S.E., Griffith, E.M., Klinger, L.G., & McCurry, S.A. (2009). Screening, diagnosis, and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders. In F. A. Karnes & K. R. Stephens (Eds.), Practical Strategies in Autism Education Series. Austin, TX: Prufrock Press.
  • Klinger, L.G., O’Kelley, S.E., & Mussey, J.L. (2008). Assessment of Intellectual Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In S. Goldstein, J. Naglieri, & S. Ozonoff (Eds.), Assessment of autism spectrum disorders. New York: Guilford.
  • O’Kelley, S.E., Guest, K., Munger, S.M., Bailey, K.J., Biasini, F.J., & Griffith, E. M. (2010, May) Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children Referred for Developmental Assessment: Guiding Efficient Assessment Practices within a Tertiary Clinic Setting. Poster presented at the 2010 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Philadelphia, PA.
  • O’Kelley, S.E., & Klinger, L.G. (2007, May). Predicting the Adjustment of Siblings of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contributions of Broader Autism Phenotype and Family Variables. Poster presented at the 2007 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Seattle, WA. 
  • O’Kelley, S.E., Klinger, L.G., & Klinger, M.R. (2005, April). The Relation between Central Coherence and Symptomatology in Autism. Poster presented at the 2005 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.
  • American Psychological Association
  • International Society for Autism Research