Ph.D., Social Work 2020, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin
MSW, Grace Abbott School of Social Work 2013, University of Nebraska at Omaha
B.S., Psychology 2010, Truman State University
My goal as an educator is to prepare students to make a positive impact on the world. I strive to provide a supportive space where learning is student driven, diversity is celebrated, and critical thinking is required.
Prior to earning my Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, I was a clinical social worker at an outpatient agency in Council Bluffs, IA. In both individual and group settings, I treated youth, families, and adults with an array of behavioral health issues including trauma, substance use, and other mental health diagnoses.
Clinical work with children and families; human behavior in the social environment; integrated health social work, social justice and diversity; parenting interventions, quantitative research methods
Factors promoting resilience among at-risk youth; resident and non-resident fathers and fathering; preventative parenting and co-parenting programs; child welfare; intervention development and adaptation; implementation science; evidence–based practice
O’Gara, J. L., Gulbas, L. E., Suarez Bonilla, G., Manzo, G., Piña-Watson, B., & Zayas, L. H. (in press). Father-daughter relationships among Latina teens who attempted suicide: An exploratory dyadic analysis. Family Process.
O’Gara, J. L., LaBrenz, C., Calzada, E. J., & Barajas-Gonzales, R. G. (2020). An examination of the long-term effects of spanking on young Latinx child behavior problems. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 3080-3090. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-020-01818-x
O’Gara, J. L., Calzada, E. J., & Kim, S. Y. (2020). The father’s role in risk and resilience among Mexican-American adolescents. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry,90, 70-77. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000394