Megan O'Banion

Associate professor

Risk Assessment and Management.



  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute
  • B.A. Psychology and Social Behavior, The University of California, Irvine


Dr. O’Banion obtained her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She completed her APA accredited doctoral internship and her postdoctoral fellowship at Sharp Healthcare’s Child and Adolescent Acute Inpatient Program. Dr. O’Banion has engaged in neuropsychological research exploring neurocognitive endophenotypic markers in youth identified as ultra-high risk for schizophrenia with a UCSF Langley Porter and the San Francisco Veteran’s Administration collaboration.  Her specialization with highly acute multi-stressed youth and their families propelled Dr. O’Banion into an early career as a director of elementary school and middle school day treatment programs where she was responsible for program development, evaluation, management and supervision of clinical staff, assessment and intensive family therapy services, community partnership and licensing contracts, as well as fiscal oversight.  Additionally, she has also maintained a practice focused on clinical consultation for child and adolescent residential and day treatment program where she specializes in staff development, risk assessment, treatment planning, and milieu management. Dr. O’Banion is an advocate for quality education and training, which she demonstrates by her innovative and collaborative development of practicum training programs,  her positions as Vice Chairperson of the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC),  Chair of both the CAPIC Quality Assurance and Membership Committees,  and her liaison role to the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), as well as serving as  Director of Clinical Training for a number of years prior to joining ASPP.


  • Risk Assessment and Management.
  • Program Development and Design.
  • Empirically-Based Treatment for Children, Adolescents and Families.
  • Professional Psychology Education and Training.


  • American Psychological Association
  • California Psychological Association


  • O’Banion, M.G. Fisher, M., Loewy, R., & Vinogradov, S. (August 2009). Working memory as a candidate endophenotype in youth at ultra-high risk for schizophrenia. Symposium presentation at the 117th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario Canada.
  • O’Banion, M.G. (2014, June). Seeking Safety Outcomes: Group Intervention for Trauma & Substance Use in LA County Jail. Invited presentation at the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department Education Based Incarceration Program Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Rudestam, K. & O’Banion, M.G. (2014, January). Social Justice Training for Directors of Clinical Training Invited co-facilitator for the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Mid-Winter Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • O’Banion, M.G. (2013, September). Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Practice with Transitional Aged Foster Care Youth. Invited presentation and training for collaborative interagency workshop hosted at the Coalition for Responsible Community Development. Los Angeles, CA.
  • O’Banion, M.G. & Masi, T. (2013, June). Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Practice in Religious and Forensic Organizations. Training facilitator for the Los Angeles Mission and Men’s Central Jail practicum training programs. Los Angeles, CA.

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