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Department ofPsychology

Barbara O'Brien

Barbara O'Brien
Barbara O'Brien
Adjunct Lecturer
Research

My research reflects my interest in how cognitive development occurs and is influenced by collaboration with others. With a focus on children’s memory and literacy skill development, my work bridges basic research and applied issues as it is designed to identify how knowledge and skill develop through the impact of social interaction.  I also explore this issue in my research on parent-child book reading, in which I have taken a detailed look at child and family factors that contribute to literacy skill development. In the future, I would like to extend these efforts through interventions, which are geared toward not only influencing children’s growth, but also increasing parental awareness of how they may directly influence their children’s development.

Courses
  • CHST 6: Information Literacy
  • CHST 11: Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics
  • CHST 12: Qualitative Research Methods and Statistics
  • CHST 100: Advanced Writing for Research in the Social Sciences
  • CHST 104: Child Advocacy
  • CHST 114: Parenting
  • CHST 181: Senior Capstone I
  • CHST 182: Senior Capstone II
  • PSYC 1: General Psychology 1