Dr. Sara Mahan, PhD             Licensed Clinical Psychologist

                                                                                                                                         Phone: 770-452-5353  

                                                                                                                                             Work Cell: 678-439-6392

Helping toddlers, children, adolescents and their families reach their full potential and enhance their quality of life.

Dr. Sara Mahan provides psychological testing services and treatment to toddlers, children, adolescents and their families with a variety of presenting concerns and has a specialization in providing Autism services and services for other Developmental Disabilities (such as Intellectual Disability/Developmental Delay)


WORKSHOPS
Dr. Sara Mahan also provides workshops on various topics. She has provided workshops for Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta,  Hispanic Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, Friendship Circle of Atlanta, and FOCUS.


Adjunct Professor

Dr. Sara Mahan was an adjunct professor for the psychology clinical psychology doctoral program at Georgia School of Professional Psychology where she taught Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Lifespan Development. 


MEMBERSHIPS

Dr. Sara Mahan is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Georgia Psychological Association (GPA). She was the prior Chair of the Early Career of Psychologists Committee for Georgia Psychological Association. 


Dr. Sara Mahan enjoys and has worked with many toddlers, children, and their caregivers/parents to help reach goals and enhance quality of life in a collaborative manner. She has a special expertise with working with people of all ages (toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults) and their caregivers with Developmental Disabilities (such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability, and/or Developmental Delay).


EDucation & Training

Dr. Sara Mahan earned her doctorate (PhD) in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University where she provided diagnostic assessment for Developmental Disabilities (such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities) for individuals of all ages as well as comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational evaluations (assessing for disorders such as ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Anxiety among others). She also provided treatment for a variety of presenting concerns.


Dr. Sara completed her Predoctoral Internship at Marcus Autism Center, part of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), where she gained further expertise in assessing and treating a variety of concerns such as those related to communication, socialization, daily living skills, academic skills, behavior problems, sleep, toileting, and feeding.


Dr. Sara completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Marcus Autism Center through Emory University School of Medicine, gaining further expertise in working with those with a Developmental Disability or behavioral difficulties and his/her caregivers and teachers. Here she collaborated on developing the Severe Behavior Outpatient Clinic to provide optimal and timely services to toddlers, children, adolescents and their caregivers.


sample publications

Mahan. S., & Kozlowski, A.M. (2011). Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, In J. L. Matson & P. Sturmey (Eds.), International handbook of autism and pervasive developmental disorders. New York: Springer.


Matson, J. L., Hess, J. A., Mahan, S. (2013). Moderating effects of challenging behaviors and communication deficits on social skills in children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 23-28.


Mahan, S., & Matson, J.L. (2011). Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders compared to typically developing controls on the Behavioral Assessment System for Children , Second Edition (BASC-2). Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 119-125.


Mahan, S., & Matson, J.L. (2011). Convergent and discriminant validity of the Autism Spectrum Disorder-Problem Behavior for Children (ASD-PBC) against the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5, 222-229.


Worley, J.A., Matson, J.L., Mahan, S., Kozlowski, A.M., & Neal, D. (2011). Stability of symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in toddlers: An examination using the Baby and Infant Screen for Children with aUtIsm- Part 1. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 14, 26-40.


Matson, J.L., Mahan, S., Kozlowski, A.M., & Shoemaker, M. (2010). Developmental milestones in toddlers with autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, and atypical development. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 13, 239-247.


Matson, J.L., Mahan, S., Kozlowski, A.M., & Shoemaker, M. (2010). Developmental milestones in toddlers with autistic disorders, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, and atypical development. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 13, 239-247.