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Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences University of Minnesota 2016
MA Communication Disorders Appalachian State University 2008

Areas of Expertise

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cognitive Communication Disorders
  • Adult Language Disorders

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Metacognition
  • Prospective Memory
  • Episodic Future Thinking
  • Personal Narratives


Dr. O'Brien's has clinical experience with adults with neurogenic disorders in adult acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Current research in the Cog-Com Rehab Lab focuses on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and cognitive rehabilitation, specifically supporting college students as they return to their studies, as well as examining how adults with TBI think, talk, and plan for the future.