Dr. Sarah Golsen is a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia, and is a doctoral level board certified behavior analyst. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honors, from the University of Alabama, and her Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Atlanta. In 2013, she completed her national board certification in behavior analysis after completing coursework through theFlorida Institute of Technology. She completed her training at the Emory Autism Center, with the Mountainbrook Psychoeducational Program, and throughout the Cherokee County School System. She also completed her postdoctoral fellowship with Southern Behavioral Group and the Counseling and Development Center, where she joined the practice before founding Spectrum Psychological Services.
Dr. Golsen’s clinical interests include working with children birth to 21 and their families with Autism Spectrum disorders, as well as other developmental, learning and emotional/ behavior disorders. Her specialties include diagnostic, psychological, and psychoeducational assessment as well as behavior modification and parent training for children with autism and other behavioral/emotional disorders. When working with young children and their families she implements a behavioral approach within the natural environment, through play. However, when working with adolescents, she tends to lean toward a more psychodynamic approach, implementing cognitive-behavioral techniques when appropriate.
She also has a close working relationship with many of the local public and private school systems, and parent advocates where she has worked closely with the IEP, SST, and Treatment Teams to advocate for the special needs child. In addition, she has co-led many social skills, self-esteem, team-building, peer-tutoring, and anger management groups for elementary, middle, and high school-aged children and adolescents. She also founded Cobb Autism Support in 2014 in order to better provide parent/caregiver support, as well as sibling support of families with members on the Autism Spectrum in a supportive group setting.
Dr. Golsen has presented within the private and public school system, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and at the Gatlinburg Conference of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in San Diego, CA on various topics including Autism, psychological evaluations, differential diagnosis, learning disabilities, as well as on phonological processing in individuals with Down syndrome.
Dr. Golsen is an active volunteer for Autism Speaks of Georgia, and is currently the Co-Chair for the Community Ambassador program. In addition, she was the 2007 Co-Chair of Registration for the Inaugural Georgia Walk Now for Autism and the Chair of Registration for the 2008 through 2012, and 2014 Georgia Walk Now for Autism through Autism Speaks. Finally, she is on the Board of Advisors for the Dare to Hope Foundation and is a clinical consultant on GA State University’s autism early identification project under Diana Robins, PhD.