Dr. O’Gorman, a psychologist, was one of the first researchers on the topic of children of alcoholics in the early 1970’s. She has spent years documenting the impact of alcoholism and sobriety on adolescent development. In 1974, she went on to create the Department of Prevention and Education for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and to direct the Division of Prevention for the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
She has served as an international consultant to organizations in preventative and clinical strategic planning, and is currently consulting to Lifescape Solutions on the development of their women’s program. Dr. O’Gorman is a Co-Founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and has also held positions ranging from clinical director of a child welfare agency, to executive director of an agency serving mostly female survivors of crime and abuse. She has made numerous television appearances, and is the author of various articles featured in magazines including Addiction Today, Counselor, and Recovery. She recently released her eighth book, “The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power.”