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Eastern Regional Vice President Bio
Deborah Harris O’Brien, PhD
Trinity Washington University (DC)

Deborah Harris O’Brien cofounded the Psi Chi Chapter at Trinity Washington University in 1998 and has been a faculty advisor since that time. She is also chair of the undergraduate psychology program at Trinity Washington University. Her involvement with Psi Chi began as an undergraduate. In recent years, she has participated in Psi Chi’s National Leadership Conference and been a member of the Psi Chi Eastern Regional Steering Committee. Under her leadership, Trinity has received the Model Chapter Award many times.

Dr. Harris O’Brien received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the Catholic University of America and her MA and PhD in developmental and clinical child psychology from Ohio State University. Prior to her appointment at Trinity in 1991, she completed a post-doctoral position at Gallaudet University and taught there as an adjunct professor for several years. She  regularly teaches courses in developmental psychology, abnormal child psychology, research methods and diversity. As a licensed clinical psychologist for over 20 years, Dr. Harris O’Brien strives to integrate her clinical experiences with her teaching. Her current research interest is in juvenile delinquency prevention and services for adjudicated youth. An on-going clinical-research project is parenting groups for teens in the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services system. Her most important goal for her vice-presidency is to increase participation in Psi Chi by minorities and first generation college students.



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