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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 does work on social psychological aspects of healthcare situations, such as perceived discrimination in healthcare. She uses multiple methods in her research to address applied research questions (e.g., quantitative methods, focus group methods, in-depth interviews). She collaborates with Somnath Saha (PI; Oregon Health & Science University) on a project addressing the perspectives of African Americans, Latinos/Latinas and European Americans on patient-provider relationships. She also collaborates with Jeanne-Marie Guise (PI) and other colleagues at Oregon Health & Science University to investigate the relationship of ethnic density to provider viewpoints on care. A new project with her own research team will explore social psychological aspects of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

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

Dr. O'Brien hopes to bring 1-2 new doctoral students aboard in Fall, 2018. If you're a possible graduate applicant who'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.

"In the United States and elsewhere, social psychologists draw from our long history of research on social problems," says Dr. O'Brien, adding, "From a conceptual viewpoint, social psychology helps to link psychology to other disciplines. We're ideally located to collaborate with colleagues across a range of disciplinary backgrounds and subdisciplinary areas."

Photo © Kerth O'Brien, 2015. Used by permission.