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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.

O’Brien, K. E., & Beehr, T. (in press). So Far, So Good:  Up to Now, the Challenge-Hindrance Framework Describes a Practical and Accurate Distinction. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Costello, M., Sizemore, S., O’Brien, K. E., & Manning, L. K. (2019). Talk or Walk? Gait Speed Over Self-Report in Association with Cognitive Speed. The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 32, 41-52.

O’Brien, K. E.; Roach, K. N.; & Mann, K. (2018). Mentoring: Resource for Lowering Job Stress or Just Another Headache? Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Psychology, 23, e12149.

Goswami, A., O'Brien, K.E., Dawson, K.M., & Hardiman, M.E. (2018). Mechanisms of corporate social responsibility: The moderating role of transformational leadership. Ethics and Behavior, 28, 644-661.

Fremion, B. B.; O'Brien, K. E.; & Ford, A. (2018) Shards of the Glass Ceiling and Glass Cliff: How Individual Discrimination Still Exists in the Face of Legal Sanctions. In Nadler, J. T., &

Lowery, M. R. (Eds.) The War on Women in the United States: Beliefs, Tactics, and the Best Defenses. ABC-CLIO.

O'Brien, K. E. (2017). Moderated mediation and mediated moderation models. In S. Rogelberg (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Industrial Organizational Psychology (2nd edition). Sage Publishing.

O'Brien, K. E.; Roach, K. N.; & Mann, K. (in press). Mentoring: Resource for Lowering Job Stress or Just Another Headache? Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Psychology

O'Brien, K. E., Minjock, R. M., Colarelli, S. M., Yang, C. (in press). Kinship ties and employee theft perceptions in family-owned businesses. European Management Journal. July 2017

O'Brien, K., Minjock, R., & Colarelli, S. M., & Yang, C. (2017). Nepotism, expected altruism, and employee theft in family businesses: An evolutionary perspective. European Management Journal.

Simpson, D. A., O'Brien, K. E. & Beehr, T. (2017). Assessing workplace stress: Diagnosing the problem. In A. Rossi, J. Meurs, & P. Perrewe (Eds.) Stress and the Quality of Working Life , 6th edition. Informational Age Publishing, pp 185-202. 

An, M., Colarelli, S. M., & O'Brien, K., & Boyajian M. E. (2016). Why we need more nature at work: Effects of sunlight exposure and natural elements on employee well-being. PLOS ONE.

Dawson, K. M. O’Brien, K. E., & Beehr, T. A. (2016). The role of hindrance stressors in the job demand-control-support model of occupational stress: A proposed theory revision. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 37, 397-415.

O’Brien, K. E., & Beehr, T. A. (2015). Gerenciando o stress ocupacional dos funcionarios (Managing occupational stress of employees). In A. M. Rossi, J. A. Meurs, & P. L. Perrewe (Eds), Stress e qualidade de vidano trabalho (Stress and quality of work) (pp. 196-214). Sao Paulo, Brazil: Atlas. Also published in English (2016). Managing employees' occupational stress. In A. M. Rossi, J. A. Meurs, & P. L. Perrewe (Eds.) Stress and quality of working life: Interpersonal and occupation‐based stress (181-198). Charlotte, NC, US:  IAP Information Age Publishing.

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.