Director of Training and EducationChild Anxiety Center, Eating Disorders Center
Dr. O’Rourke works with children, adolescents, and families in both the Child Anxiety Center and Eating Disorders Center. He is also the Director of Training and Education at EBTCS.
Dr. O’Rourke has advanced training and specialization in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders in children and adolescents, as well as considerable prior training in the treatment of anxious youth across multiple clinical settings. He also specializes in treatment for eating disorders, in particular for children and teenagers.
Dr. O’Rourke completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Bath, England. He became interested in sports psychology, particularly in youth athlete performance enhancement, anxiety, and motivation. He initially decided to pursue a career in clinical psychology in order to apply clinical interventions in the sporting domain.
Dr. O’Rourke received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington where he received extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Family-Based Therapies. Clinically, he particularly enjoyed working with adolescents and adults with anxiety and eating disorders, and with college athletes for sport psychology interventions. His research focused on the role of parents in youth athlete well-being, and his dissertation examined factors related to prolonged recovery following a concussion in athletes.
Dr. O’Rourke completed his pre-doctoral internship in child clinical psychology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center through the University of Washington Medical Center. He elected to pursue focused training while on internship though Harborview Medical Center’s Pediatrics Rotation and Harborview Medical Center’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program. He was awarded the John E. Carr Award for Outstanding Achievement in Empirically-Supported Psychotherapies. Dr. O’Rourke completed a postdoctoral fellowship at EBTCS in child and adolescent anxiety disorders.
Dr. O’Rourke is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington and is a member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
O’Rourke, D. J., Smith, R. E., Punt, S., Coppel, D., & Breiger, D (2017).Psychosocial correlates of young athletes’ self-reported concussion symptoms during the course of recovery. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.
O’Rourke, D. J., Smith, R. E., Smoll, F. L., & Cumming, S. P. (2014). Relations of parent- and coach-initiated motivational climates to young athletes’ self-esteem, performance anxiety, and autonomous motivation: Who is more influential? Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 26, 395-408.
O’Rourke, D. J., Smith, R. E., Smoll, F. L., & Cumming, S. P. (2012). Parent-initiated motivational climate, self-esteem, and autonomous motivation in young athletes: Testing propositions from achievement goal and self-determination theories. Child Development Research, Article ID 393914, doi:10.1155/2012/393914
O’Rourke, D. J., Smith, R. E., Smoll, F. L., & Cumming, S. P. (2011). Trait anxiety in young athletes as a function of parental pressure and motivational climate: Is parental pressure always harmful? Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 23, 398-412.