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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


Selected Publications

Cuevas, A.G., O’Brien, K., & Saha, S. (article accepted for publication). What is the key to culturally competent care: Reducing bias or cultural tailoring? Psychology & Health. doi:10.1080/08870446.2017.1284221

Cuevas, A.G., O’Brien, K., & Saha, S. (2016). African American experiences in healthcare: "I always feel like I'm getting skipped over." Health Psychology, 35(9), 987-995. doi:10.1037/hea0000368

Hansen, M., O'Brien, K., Meckler, G., Cauce, A.M., & Guise, J-M. (2016). Understanding the value of mixed methods research: The Children’s Safety Initiative-Emergency Medical Services (CSI-EMS). Emergency Medicine Journal, 33, 489-494. doi:10.1136/emermed-2015-205277

Cottrell, E.K., O'Brien, K., Curry, M., Meckler, G.D., Engle, P.P., Jui, J., Summers, C., Lambert, W., & Guise, J-M. (2014). Understanding safety in prehospital Emergency Medical Services for children. Prehospital Emergency Care, 18(3), 350-358.

Weir, B.W., O'Brien, K., Bard, R.S., Casciato, C.J., Maher, J.E., Dent, C.W., Dougherty, J.A., & Stark, M.J. (2009). Reducing HIV and partner violence risk among women with criminal justice system involvement: A randomized controlled trial of two Motivational Interviewing-based interventions. AIDS & Behavior, 13(3), 509-522.

Weir, B.W., Bard, R.S., O'Brien, K., Casciato, C.J., & Stark, M.J. (2008). Violence against women with HIV risk and recent criminal justice system involvement: Prevalence, correlates and recommendations forintervention. Violence against Women, 14(8), 944-960.

Weir, B.W., Bard, R.S., O'Brien, K., Casciato, C.J., & Stark, M.J. (November, 2007). Uncovering patterns of HIV risk through multiple housing measures: Implications for assessment and intervention. AIDS & Behavior, 11(Supplement 2), 31-44.

VanBeneden, C.A., Modesitt, S., O'Brien, K., Yusem, S., Rose, A., & Fleming, D. (2002). Sex at an urban bathhouse 15 years into the AIDS epidemic. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes: JAIDS, 30(5), 522-526.

O'Brien, K. (1993). Using focus groups to develop health surveys: An example from research on social relationships and AIDS-preventive behavior. Health Education Quarterly, 20(3), 361-370.

O'Brien, K., Wortman, C.B., Kessler, R. C., & Joseph, J. G. (1993). Social relationships of men at risk for AIDS. Social Science and Medicine, 36 (9), 1161-1167.

Selected Presentations

Kobus, A. & O'Brien, K. (2009, August). Are you HAPPI couples? HIV prevention for Asian American women. Poster presented at the 117th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

O'Brien, K., Block, R.G., Bard, R.S., Casciato, C., Weir, B.W., & Stark, M.J. (2008, June). Relationships, normalcy and powerlessness among women at risk for HIV. Poster presented at the 7th biennial convention of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Chicago, Illinois.

Magharious, G., O'Brien, K., Weir, B.W., Bard, R.S., Casciato, C., & Stark (2008, June). Relationships and resources of low-income, previously incarcerated women. Poster presented at the 7th bennial convention of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Chicago, Illinois.

Magharious, G., Gorges, C., Denneson, L., & O'Brien, K. (2008, May). Similarities and differences among chiropractors' perspectives on their care for patients with chronic back pain. Paper presented at the 3rd annual Symposium for Portland Area Research in CAM (SPARC), Portland, Oregon.

Alvarez, L., O'Brien, K., Morse, E., & Saha, S. (June, 2007). Advancing patient-centered care by valuing patient viewpoints. Paper presented at the 2007 Symposium for Portland Area Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SPARC), Portland, Oregon.

O'Brien, K., Morse, E., Gipson, T., Loudd, R., & Saha, S. (2005, August). How do African-Americans view cultural competence in patient-physician interactions? Paper presented at the European Health Psychology Society, Galway, Ireland.


Photo courtesy Joseph Friedlander, 2009. Used with permission.