Julie O’Brien, M.Ed., LMHC graduated from Boston College with a B.A in psychology in 1990 and received a Masters of Education in Counseling and Psychological Services from Springfield College in 1996. She works at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children's Lurie Center.
She has worked at (then SNCARC) the Arc of South Norfolk County as the Assistant Director of Family Support and then became Director of the Family Autism Center. As Director of the Family Autism Center for 3 years, she helped to develop specialized programs for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and organized many successful fundraisers.
Originally hired to work at then LADDERS, as Autism Resource Specialist with the Autism Consortium in 2007, Julie has provided support, information and referral, and resources to newly diagnosed patients families, as well as providing assistance to countless families while at Lurie Center.
Over the past 5 years, Julie has been coordinating the Lurie Center’s annual parent speaker series, and has been an active member on the following statewide committees: Advocates for Autism Massachusetts (AFAM), ARICA and Adult Services.
Currently, her primary role is to support and provide information, resources and education to families of adolescents who are transitioning to adulthood, and adults with ASD and their families. She is a constant and avid advocate in this field, and the step mom of three children, including two teenagers who have ASD.