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O'Brien - Teaching - Jenkintown, PA, USA

Mary O'Brien

Jenkintown, PA, USA



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Work History

Contributing Faculty, Health Psychology

Walden University

October 2012 - October 2012

Writing, editorial, and time management support to graduate students for research projects, theses and dissertations; short term project management; article preparation; data analysis; grant writing.

Interim Director, Office of Research Support

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

December 2010 - May 2011

Developed a seamless, transparent, and efficient (e.g., timely) administrative process for pre-award and post-award grant applications; Created documented policies and procedures; distributed tools that assisted faculty; Generated new research ideas and found matching sources of funds; Mentored junior faculty in the development of their research agendas and provided educational resources in research design, grants management, and publications; Built a database of potential new funders (e.g., foundation grants, individual donors, non-pharmaceutical company sponsorships, and government grants).

Grant Writer

Pearl S. Buck International

October 2009 - October 2010

Conducted research to identify opportunities, developed mission-based strategic plans to meet Board-approved budgetary goals, wrote grant proposals to secureprogram funding.

Managed complete grant process with Raiser's Edge, implemented grantor reporting requirements, and supported Marketing and Development initiatives.

Founder and President/CEO

A Better Philadelphia, Inc.

March 2004 - June 2012

Founded a not-for-profit organization dedicated to facilitating youth leadership through training, academic advising, guidance, and support, career advising and coaching. Implemented a new community- and school-based capacity building program for students, parents, and teachers to change destructive culture. Performed all organizational functions and tasks including financial management, PR and marketing, grants management, program coordination and implementation.

Adjunct Associate Professor

Drexel University, School of Public Health

July 2004 - January 2011

Served as Adjunct Associate Professor upon retirement from full time Associate Professorship in 2004. Fields of Expertise: community health, health education, women's health, domestic violence, school violence, violence prevention

Visiting Associate Professor, Public Health

Arcadia University

July 2004 - June 2005

Developed and taught graduate public health courses.

Coordinated the partnership between the PSA, MBA, and PH programs.

Provided in-depth academic advising and career counseling to over 18 students.

Interviewed students for admission and candidates for faculty positions

Served on University Ethics Review Board (IRB).

Associate Professor, Community Health

Drexel University, School of Public Health

July 1997 - June 2004

Secured CDC funding to evaluate a 3-year dating violence prevention project involving six schools, 2,500 middle school students, 50 teachers, and 25 senior administrative staff. Served as the Project Evaluator - evaluated all components of this new program which included three parts: student-teacher programs, parent programs, and school-wide programs. Recruited, trained, and supervised over 20 research assistants to assist with data collection and analysis.

Developed and evaluated violence prevention and intervention training programs for the Philadelphia Police Department and for nurses and physicians at six area hospitals

Assisted in developing the grading system, academic standards, policies and procedures, and admissions criteria for masters and doctoral programs in the School of Public Health

Served on the University Institutional Review Board

Served on several School, University, city-wide, and national committees related to academic excellence and intimate partner violence

Reviewed grants related to violence programs for the Centers for Disease Control

Reviewed grants related to violence programs and evaluation for the Research Synergy Program developed by the Institute for Women's Health and Institute for Humanities.

Developed, taught, and assessed over 12 graduate courses (e.g., individual and community health behaviors, program design, program evalutation, research design, intimate partner violence

Supervised over 70 graduate students from across three regional universities in a variety of research projects related to violence intervention and prevention, health behaviors, systems and policy analyses, and community capacity building. Students were predominantly in Medical, Nursing, Public Health, Family Therapy, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Physicians Assistance, Clinical Psychology, and Education graduate programs.

Assistant Professor, Community Health and Medicine

Drexel University College of Medicine

July 1995 - June 1997

Designed long-term research and teaching agenda.

Developed and implemented curricular materials for medical students.

Worked with Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) on several anti-violence programs throughout Philadelphia communities.

Chaired the Research and Evaluation subcommittee of the MCP Hospital Domestic Violence Task Force; evaluated Task
Force activities such as the impact on screening behaviors of the domestic violence educational programs of medical students, residents, and attending physicians.

Developed collaborative research programs and wrote grants to secure funding for various violence prevention programs (e.g., Physicians for Social Responsibility).

Reviewed, evaluated, and edited domestic violence resource documents and hospital policies and prepared written reports and presentations for medical conferences.

As Co-Editor of the Women's Health Module, designed and wrote content for six chapters on women's health issues across the life span. Book included resource workbooks for faculty and students and will be used in graduate and postgraduate medical education in US and potentially worldwide.

1995. Lois Maddox Miller Fellow in Community and Preventive Medicine, Drexel University.

1996. Lois Maddox Miller Fellow in Community and Preventive Medicine, Drexel University.

Assistant Director of Clinical Skills

Drexel University Collegeof Medicine

July 1995 - June 1997

Designed and conducted a number of studies that evaluated the effectiveness of various teaching strategies and interventions that were designed to improve clinical skills of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. Topics of research included clinical skills of medical students vs. practicing physicians, domestic violence, women's health issues, ethics, and communication issues such as breaking bad news, and new end-of-year assessment procedures for students in all 4 years of undergraduate medical education.

As Associate Managing Editor of Medical Encounter (the official publication of the American Academy on Physician and Patient), responsible for introducing a system for timely publications, including coordination of articles, stories, and other information from authors and editors in conjunction with Editor and Managing Editor. In addition, managed the layout and printing process of the newsletter. Eight issues were published using the newly introduced systems.

Senior Project Manager/Associate Managing Editor

Adis International

July 1994 - June 1995

Organized a series of seminars for scientific writers and project managers in a medical publishing company. Topics included medical writing, research design, understanding financial responsibilities of a publishing company, proposal writing, ethics of biomedical research, and stress in the workplace.

Investigated the literature, interviewed participants and wrote several papers for publication on anti-depressant medications for a pharmaceutical/medical consulting and publishing company.

Qualifications & Certifications


University of Auckland


University of Auckland


The George Washington University


Academy of the Sacred Heart

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