Kimberly O'Brien
  • Position: I/O Faculty
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 226, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859‚Äč
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  • Phone: (989) 774-3001


Dr. O'Brien received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2008. She was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University for two years before joining the faculty at CMU.

Research Interest:

Dr. O'Brien's research interests primarily center on job stress, organizational citizenship behaviors (OCB), and counterproductive work behaviors (CWB). Her research has emphasized mentoring experiences (both positive and negative) and emotional abuse due to their relationships with job stress. In her efforts to better understand these behaviors, she has studied personality, attribution theory, ego threat, psychometrics, and statistical/design procedures.

Recent Research:

O'Brien, K. E., Biga, A., Kesseler, S. R., & Allen, T. D. (2010). A meta-analytic investigation of gender differences in mentoring. Journal of Management, 36, 537-554.

Allen, T. D., Eby, L. T., O'Brien, K. E., & Lentz, E. (2008). The state of mentoring research: A qualitative review of current research methods and future research implications. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73, 343-357.

O'Brien, K. E., & Allen, T. D. (2008). Relative importance of correlates of organizational citizenship behavior and counterproductive work behavior using multiple sources of data. Human Performance, 21, 62-88.

O'Brien, K. E., Rodopman, O. B., & Allen, T. D. (2007). Best practices in formal mentoring programs. In T. D. Allen & L. T. Eby, (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of mentoring: A multiple perspectives approach (pp. 369-372). London: Blackwell.

Allen, T. D., & O'Brien, K. E. (2006). Formal mentoring programs and organizational attraction. Human Resources Development Quarterly, 17, 43-58.