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Kerth O'Brien, PhD, Associate Professor, Social Psychology

Department of Psychology
317 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751 (USA)
Telephone (503) 725-3973
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About Kerth O'Brien, PhD
Selected Publications

About Kerth O'Brien, PhD

Social psychologist Kerth O'Brien is interested in social roles, social relationships, and health and well-being. Her research addresses practical questions in field settings from a social psychological perspective. Current research projects address patients' perspectives on cultural competency in patient-provider relationships, and the relationship of ethnic density to provider viewpoints on care. With past members of her graduate student research team she has investigated social psychological aspects of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Dr. O'Brien has taught courses or workshops in social psychology, health psychology, social roles and identities, advanced applied social psychology, survey research methods and focus group methods.

"In the United States and elsewhere, social psychologists draw from our long history of research on social problems," says Dr. O'Brien. "While I collaborate with colleagues across a range of backgrounds, as a research mentor I have most to offer doctoral students who are committed to becoming social psychologists. I hope to bring one to two new social psychology doctoral students on board in Fall, 2015."

If you're a possible graduate applicant interested in applied social psychology and if you'd like to learn more about Dr. O'Brien's research, please take advantage of the list of selected publications available at the web link next to her above photo.

Photo © Joseph Friedlander, 2009. Used by permission.