Dr. Deborah Harris-O'Brien
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: Main 256
- B.A., Psychology, The Catholic University of America
- M.A., Developmental & Clinical Child Psychology, The Ohio State University
- Ph.D., Developmental & Clinical Child Psychology, The Ohio State University
- Child Development
- Adolescent Development
- Emerging Adulthood
- Childhood Psychopathology
- Institutional Review Board (research ethics)
- President-Elect for Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology
- Liaison to the American Psychological Association's Board of Educational Affairs
Select Works Published
- Co-curricular activities and student development: How positive nations encourage students to pursue careers in Psychology. In H. A. Marujo & L.M. Neto (Eds.) "Positive nations and communities"
McCormick, M.A., Rich, G. J., Harris O'Brien, D. & Chai, A., Dordrecht: Springer, 2014
- Panelist, "Cultivating Leadership"
, Presentation by Psi Chi faculty at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, 2012
- Workshop: "Adolescent behavior contracting for mental health professionals"
, Prince George's Parent/Professsional Empowerment Conference, Largo, MD, 2012
- Poster: "Teaching Human Diversity as a First Year Experience" (with Stacey Baugh)
, Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, 2009
- Instructor's Classroom Kit to accompany The World of Children.
, Allyn & Bacon, 2007
My primary goal in teaching is to generate excitement about Psychology! I think Psychology is awesome, and I share my enthusiasm with students. I use a variety of pedagogical techniques that can maximize students' understanding and retention. I use methods Psychology has found to maximize learning such as multi-sensory and active learning, in class exercises and homework assignments, field trips, and both large and small group class discussions. In teaching Psychology, I believe students should acquire tools and knowledge they can use in their personal and professional lives, whether or not they continue on in the Psychology field.