Alumni Spotlight

Christopher W. O’Brien, PhD, LAT, ATC

Class of 2011, PhD Human Development

Current Position: Assistant Dean, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Seton Hall University, New Jersey

"I am appreciative of the doctoral program at Marywood and the mentoring I received. The faculty and my education have helped me in my career and more importantly have helped me 'to live responsibly in an interdependent world.'"

My name is Christopher W. O’Brien, PhD, LAT, ATC.  I completed Marywood’s PhD program in Human Development in May 2011, specializing in Higher Education Administration.  I joined Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, as faculty of the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program in August 2010, where I served at the Director of Clinical Education.  As of January 1, 2013 I was appointed by Seton Hall University to the position of Assistant Dean for Special Academic Programs and Projects of the Division of Health Sciences in the School of Health and Medical Sciences.  The Division of Health Sciences includes a PhD program in Health Sciences, a Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and Masters-level programs in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Speech-Language Pathology. Some of my responsibilities include oversight of the clinical education process, development and management of the School’s dual degree (undergraduate to graduate) programs, and advancement of the School’s international initiatives.

From tasks of arranging class schedules for the entire School to negotiating clinical and international affiliations to strategic planning, I constantly utilize the knowledge I gained from the Marywood PhD Program.  In addition, I have be able to continue with servant leadership and community service by leading a Seton Hall group of students and faculty to respond and to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy.  I am appreciative of the doctoral program at Marywood and the mentoring I received.  The faculty and my education have helped me in my career and more importantly have helped me to, “to live responsibly in an interdependent world.”