Phone: Math/Psychology 308
Ph.D. – Catholic University of America, 1987
Area of Study:
Developmental Psychology – Early Childhood
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.
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Women
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
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.