- Group Methods
- Gender Oppression and Globalization
- Violence Prevention & Intervention
- Substance Dependence
- Foundation Practice
- Human Behavior and the Social Environment
- Practice in Corrections
- Practice with Women
- Practice Approaches (PhD seminar)
- Social Work Education (PhD seminar)
- Qualitative Methods (PhD seminar)
Ten year's post-MSW working with battered women and their children in Kansas and Arkansas.
Selected Recent Publications
O'Brien, P., & Dakin, A. (2007). Mental health challenges for incarcerated African-American women. In S. L. Logan, R. Derby, & P. A. Gibson (Eds.), Mental Health Care in the African American Community (pp.93-111). Binghamton, NY: Haworth.
Bennett, L. W., & O'Brien, P. (2007). Effects of coordinated services for drug-abusing women who are victims of intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 13 (4), 395-411.
O'Brien, P. (2006). Maximizing success for drug- affected women after release from prison: Examining access to and use of social services during reentry. Women and Criminal Justice, 17 (2/3), 95-113.
O'Brien, P., & Young, D. S. (2006) Challenges for formerly incarcerated women: A holistic approach to assessment. Families in Society, 87 (3), 359-366.
O'Brien, P., & Lee, N. (2006). Moving from needs to self-efficacy: A holistic system for women in transition from prison. Women & Therapy. 29 (3/4), 261-284.
Schwartz, J., O'Brien, P., & Lurigio, A. (eds.) (2006). Drugs, Women, and Justice: Roles of the Criminal Justice System for Drug-Affected Women. West Hazleton, PA : Haworth.
O'Brien, P. (2001). Making it in the "Free World": Women in Transition from Prison. New York: SUNY Press.
Book Article in Progress
Social Work in correctional settings. ( Forthcoming, SAGE Press).
Reentry in the twenty-first century. (Forthcoming- Forensic Social Work Practice Lyceum Press).
Reentry pioneers (Forthcoming- Women Who are Making a Difference in the World Lyceum Press).
Affiliations, Associations & Consultations
Board member, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
Appointed member and Co-chair of Council on Social Work Education Women's Council on the Role and Status of Women
O'Brien, P. (2007). A review of Doing time on the outside: Deconstructing the benevolent community by Maidment, M. R. Contemporary Sociology, 36(6), 380-381.