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.
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, Availalble through NCADI. 2001-present.