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Jaimie O'Gara

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Catherine Byrne Hall 326E
MS 1705 (to send on-campus mail)

Educational Background

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.

Jaimie O'Gara


Professional Background

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.

Teaching Interests

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 

Research Interests

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; evidencebased practice 

  • Selected Publications

    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.

    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.