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Patricia O'Gorman, Ph.D.


Dr. Patricia O'Gorman, Ph.d is an internationally-recognized psychologist in private practice in East Chatham, and Albany, New York. She is noted for her work in families, children of alcoholics, trauma, child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse.

She was one of the first researchers in children of alcoholics in the early 1970's, documenting the impact of alcoholism and sobriety on adolescent development, and went on in 1974 to create the Department of Prevention and Education for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). She has served as an international consultant to organizations in preventative and clinical strategic planning.


Dr. O'Gorman is a co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and has held positions ranging from Clinical Director of a child welfare agency, Executive Director of an agency serving survivors of crime and abuse, to Director of Prevention for NIAAA.


She is a veteran of numerous television appearances, including Good Morning America, Today, and AM Sunday and the author of numerous articles in magazines including Addiction Today, Counselor, and Recovery.


She is the author of Dancing Backwards in High Heels: How Women Master the Art of Resilience.


With Phil Diaz, she is the co-author of:

The Lowdown on Families Who Get High
12 Steps to Self-Parenting for Adult Children & 12 Steps to Self-Parenting Workbook
Breaking the Cycle of Addiction
Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting: The Codependency Connection, due to be published April 2012 by HCI of Deerfield Beach, Florida,

With Peter Finn, She is the co-author of:

Teaching about Alcohol


Her newest book is Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting: The Codependency Connection. Dr. O'Gorman brings to the topic of Trauma and Co-Dependency, the same type of seminal thinking that she used to help create the Children of Alcoholics Movement.


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