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Megan O'Banion

Director of Clinical Training
  • Director of Clinical Training
    Clinical Psychology

  • The Chicago School Los Angeles
Department
Clinical Psychology
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
mobanion@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography

Dr. Megan O’Banion has worked across a variety of settings (school-based, community health, day-treatment, partial hospitalization, and inpatient) and served a wide age spectrum of clients struggling with mental health concerns. She has worked extensively with research programs through UCSF Langley Porter Institute’s Department of Psychiatry (PART) and the San Francisco VA (CRIS) to expand and implement a nationally affiliated research program examining neuropsychological remediation and targeted CBT treatment for schizophrenia in ultra-high risk youth, as well as chronic patients.

Dr. O’Banion completed an APA-accredited Pre-doctoral Internship and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Sharp Healthcare (APPIC) where she honed her expertise in assessment, treatment, management, and program development/evaluation within an acute-care setting.

Post licensure, Dr. O’Banion became Director of two Intensive Day Treatment programs (Elementary and Middle School) serving County Mental Health (AB2726/3632) clients identified as Severely Emotionally Disturbed. Her role was to redesign each treatment program to integrate education with intensive individualized and family/community-based interventions using wraparound philosophy and evidenced-based clinical models. Furthermore, she specializes in clinical supervision, staff development, program evaluation, and consultation/liaison services across communities.

Dr. O’Banion continues to consult with Residential and Day Treatment programs for youth in Southern California regarding crisis/risk management, psychodiagnositc assessment, specialized program development, supervision issues, and targeted treatment planning for SMI youth populations. Furthermore, she continues to present on topics related to utilization of neuropsychological assessment result in SMI treatment planning, best practices in working with psychosis in youth, fostering continuity of care within today’s changing service models, and adapting evidenced-based treatment programs for higher acuity settings.

Dr. O’Banion joined TCSPP as the Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program in July of 2011. She demonstrates her dedication to clinical training and education through her commitment as the Vice Chair of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC), Chair of the CAPIC Membership Committee, Chair of the CAPIC Quality Assurance Committee, and Co-Chair of the Southern California Association of Psychology Training Programs (SCAPTP). She is also an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Currently she is on the Conference Planning Committee for the 2015 NSCPP Mid-Winter Conference in San Diego.

Education
  • B.A, Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley
Licensure(s)

Licensed Psychologist, PSY 23744, California

Areas Of Expertise

 

 

Presentations

 

May 9, 2014: Early & Effective Remediation in Clinical Training

Presented and facilitated training of Directors of Clinical Training, APP Supervisors, and partnering practicum training sites: Identifying concerns, informal to formal resolution processes, creation of operationalized goals and objectives, documentation templates, and strategies for successful intra-agency collaboration.

January 21, 2014: Advocating in Professional Practice - Practical Strategies to Model and Teach

Presented and facilitated discussion a DCT Training: discussion included barriers and assumptions regarding professional advocacy, level of advocacy, as well as practical steps to participate, promote, and teach advocacy in graduate level curriculum.

January 21, 2014: Social Justice Training for Directors of Clinical Training (NCSPP)

Co-facilitated with Kjell Rudestam, Ph.D.: Utilized the World Café format to stage a series of small-group conversations related to: a) "turning in" to our own cultural identities and those of our students, and b) "turning out" to the role of social action from the perspective of clinical training within our programs and organization.

September 21, 2013 Practical Strategies: Advocating for Professional Practice

Presented to and lead discussion for clinical supervisors, practicum student, predoctoral interns, and postdoctoral students regarding professional advocacy: brief history, current legislative and accrediting organization proposals and actions, types of professional advocacy, and practical tools to enter into political advocacy for the profession for each level of audience member (student, faculty, clinician, administrator etc.).

September 7, 2013: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Practice with Transitional Aged Foster Care Youth

Presented to a 25 person audience of practicum consortia members that included agency staff (administrators, teachers, social workers) and community-based program staff (training directors and coordinators, clinical supervisors), and practicum students from three doctoral programs (Clinical Psychology, Clinical Forensic Psychology, Applied Clinical Psychology). Facilitated experiential exercises and discussions for a multidisciplinary audience.

June 27, 2013: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Practice in Religious and Forensic Organizations (TCSPP)

Presented to a 45 person audience of practicum consortia members that included agency staff (administrators, Chaplains, Sheriff, social workers) and TCSPP staff (training directors and coordinators, clinical supervisors), and practicum students from three doctoral programs (Clinical Psychology, Clinical Forensic Psychology, Applied Clinical Psychology). Facilitated experiential exercises and discussions for a multidisciplinary audience.

January 31, 2013: Response to Newtown: A Call to Action Colloquium (TCSPP)

Proposed, developed, and moderated a panel of six expert speakers (community psychology, media psychology, trauma assessment and treatment, county-based outreach and education, and law-enforcement) to address: the mental health issues raised by the tragedy and our next steps as individuals, professional, and as a community-based institution.

Facilitated discussion with the 60 person audience of Masters and Doctoral students, faculty, community partners, and practitioners. Colloquium was nationally broadcast across five TCSPP campus settings.

January 24, 2013 National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)

Invited to collaboratively develop and co-lead a keynote discussion group regarding Advocacy, Mutuality, and Evaluation in the context of competency development in the relationship domain.

Community Education

  • Traumatic Stress in Children: Using the Trauma Assessment Pathway Model

  • Disrupted Attachment and Treatment within Milieu Therapy

  • Psychosis in Youth: Triage to Treatment

  • Thinking Outside the Box: Community-Based Family Therapy

  • HIPPA and Privacy Practices: Children and Families

  • Evidence-Based Practice for Conduct Disorders

  • Self-Injurious Behaviors: Meaning and Interventions

  • Working with Anxiety: Elementary Aged Children and Families

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Treatment in an Inpatient Setting (Youth and Adult)

  • Psychotic Disorders: Using Neuropsychological Assessment to Inform Treatment

  • Relationship Distress in Older Adults; Sex, Gender, and Identity: Diversity Seminar

  • Sex, Gender, and Identity: Diversity Seminar Ÿ

  • Implementing Hays’ A.D.D.R.E.S.S.I.N.G Model: Adapted from Hays (2001) Model of Addressing Diversity.

  • HIPPA and Privacy Practices: Children and Families Ÿ

  • Laws and Ethics in the Practice of Psychology Ÿ

  • Partnering with Families During Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting: Navigating and Maintaining Partnership Ÿ

  • Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting for Mental Health Staff in Residential/Day Treatment Settings.

Select Presentations/Publications 

  • O’Banion, M.G. (2009). Memory functions in youth with prodromal schizophrenia. Published doctoral dissertation, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA.

  • O’Banion, M.G., Fisher, M., Loewy, R., & Vinogradov, S. (October 2008). Working memory as a candidate endophenotype in youth at ultra-high risk for schizophrenia Symposium presentation at the 28th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, New York, NY.

  • Whalen, C.K; Jamner, L.D; Henker, B; King, P.S; Zakroff, J; O’Banion, M. (April 2002). Is there a link between pharmacotherapy for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and adolescent smoking? Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

  • Moldazsky, E; Jamner, L.D; Gehricke, J.G; Zakroff, J; Whalen, C.K; Jamias, E; O’Banion, M. (March 2001). The Effects of Depressive Coping on Self-Reports of Illness in Adolescents. Presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Seattle, WA.

  • O’Banion, M; Dierck, D; Whalen, C.K; Jamner, L.D; Gehricke, J.G. (March 2001). Smoking, gender, and adolescent adherence to research protocols. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Seattle, WA.

  • Whalen, C.K; O’Banion, M; Dierck, D; Jamner, L.D. (April 2000). Illness symptoms, perceived health, and adolescent smoking: Evidence of a dose-response relationship. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Nashville, TN.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association: Division 53(Society of Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology)

  • California Psychological Association: Division I (Clinical and Professional Practice), Division II (Education and Training), and Division VIII (Neuropsychology)