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Margaret A. O'Hara, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty


· PhD, Counseling, 2019, Oregon State University

· MA, Counseling, 1996, Long Island University

· BS, Community and Human Services, 1993, SUNY Empire State University

· AA, Liberal Arts, 1983, Nassau Community College


Dr. Margaret A. O’Hara is an adjunct faculty member at CIHS with prior experience teaching and developing courses for the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University, University of California San Diego Extension, and Oregon State University. She graduated from OSU’s PhD counseling program. Prior to doctoral studies Dr. O’Hara taught psychology courses at Suffolk Community College. She is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer for Higher Education.

Dr. O’Hara is experienced in school and mental health counseling in New York (LMHC) and California (LPCC) where she has a private practice. As a Board-Certified Tele-mental Health Provider, Dr. O’Hara provides online counseling to clients in both states. Dr. O’Hara is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Experiential Therapist II, and holds state and international certification in alcohol and substance abuse counseling. Additional specialties include behavioral addictions, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, LGBTQIA, military, stress, separations, and transitions. Dr. O’Hara has worked in outpatient settings, residential treatment centers, schools, and a community college and psychiatric hospital. Roles include Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Parent Educator, and Hospice and Bereavement Training/Volunteer. She’s volunteered with the American Red Cross and Give-an-Hour.

Dr. O’Hara is a Subject Matter Expert and Expert Consultant for California’s licensing board, the Board of Behavioral Sciences. She was President of East End Counseling Association and named 2006 Counselor of the Year. Dr. O’Hara was Division President of Association of Specialists in Group Work for New York Counseling Association. She was President and Ethics Chair of California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. Dr. O’Hara remains active on the Ethics Committee. In addition to ethics, addiction and wellness are areas of expertise. Dr. O’Hara recognizes and appreciates the mind, body, spirit connection.

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