Eileen O’Brien, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Eileen O'Brien photo

Contact Information:

Email:        eobrien@umbc.edu

Office:       410.455.2365

Phone:      Math/Psychology 308

Fax:           410.455.1055


Ph.D. – Catholic University of America, 1987

Area of Study:

Developmental Psychology – Early Childhood

Research Interests:

Dr. O’Brien teaches undergraduate courses for the Department of Psychology. In addition to teaching, she provides research and programmatic consultation to early childhood initiatives, especially to child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and women’s and children’s health programs. She is a grant reviewer for the Administration on Children and Families and provides grant writing assistance to community collaborations. Dr. O’Brien’s background is in nursing and psychology, and her areas of interest are women’s and children’s health and well-being, integrated services for families through community collaborations, and measuring outcomes of early childhood interventions.

Courses Taught:

Child Development

Introduction to Psychology

Psychology of Women

Family Psychology

Adolescent Psychology

Child Maltreatment

Health Psychology

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

NO:  Not accepting new graduate students for Fall 2014

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

NO:  No undergraduate opportunities available

Leadership roles in the Department/College/University:

Course Redesign Fellow, USM 2010 – Present

Selected Publications:

Butz, A, Pulsifer, M, O’Brien, E, Belcher, H, Lears, M., Miller, D., Kaufmann, W., Royall, R. Caregiver Characteristics Associated with Infant Cognitive Status in In-Utero Drug Exposed Infants. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, Vol. 11 (4) 2002, 25-41.

O’Brien, E. Editor and collaborator for Starting Early Starting Smart publications, Published by Casey Family Programs and SAMHSA, DHHS, Available through NCADI. 2001-present.