Jason LaGory, PhD, Child Psychologist

Jason LaGory, Ph.D.
Jason LaGory, Ph.D.Licensed Psychologist

I provide therapy and testing services to young children, adolescents, and their families. I specialize in the treatment of individuals with comorbid developmental and psychiatric disorders. I'm trained in several evidence-based treatment models, including Pivotal Response Training, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and traditional Applied Behavior Analysis. Research has shown that each approach is effective to reduce problem behaviors and increase appropriate coping and adaptive skills in children. I also use a variety of psychometric instruments to provide an accurate diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment for children, including the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised, and the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales. I have conducted research on motivation, neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders, and trauma, as well as family and school issues. I  enjoy providing specialized training and supervision to other professionals and students.

  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Psychological & Developmental Testing
  • Consultation
  • Applied Behavior Analysis


  • 2009-2010 Postdoctoral Fellowship; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Department of Psychiatry
  • 2009 Ph.D., Medical/Clinical Psychology;  University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2008-2009 APA Approved Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Department of Psychiatry
  • 2006 M.A., Medical/Clinical Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 1999 B.S. with University Honors, Major: Psychology; Minor: Art Studio; University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 1995 Advanced High School Diploma, Shades Valley RLC, Birmingham, Alabama


Arkansas Psychological Association

Association for Psychological Science


Conners-Burrow, N.A., McKelvey, L., Pemberton, J.R., LaGory, J., Mesman, G.R., Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2012). Moderators of the relationship between maternal substance abuse symptoms and preschool children’s behavioral outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies. DOI 10.1007/s10826-012-9674-1

LaGory, J., Dearen, B.B., Tebo, K., Wright, R.A. (2011). Reported fatigue, difficulty, and cardiovascular response to an auditory mental arithmetic challenge. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 81 (2), 91-98. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2011.05.005

Baños, J. H., LaGory, J., Sawrie, S., Faught, E., Knowlton, R., Prasad, A., Kuzniecky, R., Martin, R. C. (2004). Self-report of cognitive abilities in temporal lobe epilepsy: cognitive, psychosocial, and emotional factors. Epilepsy & Behavior, 5, 575-579.

Madan-Swain, A., Katz, E. R., LaGory, J. (2004). School and social reintegration after a serious illness or injury. In R.T. Brown (Ed.), Handbook of Pediatric Psychology in School Settings (pp.637-655). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Community Involvement

Psych TLC planning committee, UAMS 2012-present

Leadership Committee, Child Study Center, UAMS/Arkansas Children’s Hospital 2011-present

Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Committee, Psychiatric Research Institute, UAMS 2010-12

Early Career Psychologist Committee, Arkansas Psychological Association

Presentations and Speaking

Smith, Pamela (2013, May 23). Healing Minds, Changing Attitudes: Child and Adolescent Depression. Conway, Arkansas:AETN (PBS). Guests- Dr. Jody Brown, MD and Jason LaGory, Ph.D.

Bowman, R.A., & LaGory, J. (2010, October). Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism. Presented at the Arkansas Psychological Association convention Little Rock, AR.

Bowman, R.A., & LaGory J. (2010, April). Behavioral Interventions in Autism. TEAM UP: Building Partnerships for Children with Autism in Arkansas. Little Rock, AR.

LaGory, J. (2009, January). Asperger’s Disorder and High-Functioning Autism. CME and Family Education Seminar for NAMI, Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center, Fort Smith, AR.

LaGory, J. (2009, October). The effects of naturally-occurring fatigue and task difficulty on effort related cardiovascular responses. Lecture presented for the Arkansas Psychological Association convention, Little Rock, AR.

Bowman, R. A., & Lagory, J. (2009, September). Behavioral Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Seminar presented for the HEAR (autism support group), Little Rock, AR.

Bowman, R. A., & Lagory, J. (2009, August). Positive Behavior Support for classrooms. Seminar presented to the Anthony School, Little Rock, AR.

Bowman, R. A., & Lagory, J. (2009, August). Autism. Seminar presented to the Little Rock, Montessori Schools, Little Rock, AR.

About Us

Arkansas Families First is a multidisciplinary behavioral health care group that offers a variety of health services for children, teens and families in Central Arkansas. Our group of independently practicing providers strive to provide the best, most comprehensive care that modern psychology, psychiatry, counseling, and other disciplines have to offer.