Dr. Ed O'Brien Wins Prestigious Psychology Award

Published on Thu, March 08, 2012

Edward J. O'Brien, Ph.D., professor of psychology and counseling, is the 2012 recipient of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's "Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science and/or Profession of Psychology." This annual award is given to a Pennsylvania psychologist for outstanding professional achievement in areas of expertise related to psychology, including teaching, research, clinical work and publications.

David J. Palmiter, Ph.D., a colleague of Dr. O'Brien at Marywood University, stated that the award winner is "expected to have a significant national footprint within psychology." Dr. O'Brien was unanimously selected by the award committee that is made up of seven past presidents of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, which speaks volumes on his scholarship and achievements.

Dr. O'Brien's research investigates self-esteem. His projects also include explorations in the underdiagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. His work on underdiagnosis of PTSD was recently published (with Drew Miele as co-author) in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

"I've had the good luck of working with many wonderful colleagues and students who have provided great support and encouragement for what I have been able to accomplish," Dr. O'Brien said, reflecting on his experiences at Marywood, where he has taught for 29 years. "I have enjoyed working with several PPA officers over the years on various projects and it is particularly meaningful to have colleagues who I respect so highly consider me worthy as a recipient of this award."

For more information, please contact Dr. Edward O'Brien at (570) 348-6211 x2459 or obrien@marywood.edu.