Dr. O’Brien is a Clinical Social Worker in the Female Athlete Program and Sports Medicine Division, Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. O’Brien received her BA from Harvard University, MSW and PhD from Boston College, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Dr. O’Brien’s clinical practice expertise is with suicidal and substance-using teens and their families, as well as the mental health and wellness of competitive young athletes. Her research focuses on the development and testing of brief interventions for suicidal teens with and without substance use and their families, with an additional specialization on interventions which utilize technology, as well as training social workers and other health professionals in suicide- and substance-related knowledge and brief interventions.


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  1. Nonsuicidal Self-injury, Suicide Planning, and Suicide Attempts Among High-risk Adolescents Prior to Psychiatric Hospitalization. Res Child Adolesc Psychopathol. 2021 11; 49(11):1503-1511. View abstract
  2. The relationship between alcohol and cannabis use with nonsuicidal self-injury among adolescent inpatients: Examining the 90 days prior to psychiatric hospitalization. Addict Behav. 2021 03; 114:106759. View abstract
  3. Alcohol and marijuana use as daily predictors of suicide ideation and attempts among adolescents prior to psychiatric hospitalization. Psychiatry Res. 2019 03; 273:672-677. View abstract
  4. Substance use and suicidal ideation among child welfare involved adolescents: A longitudinal examination. Addict Behav. 2019 06; 93:39-45. View abstract
  5. Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effects of a brief alcohol intervention for suicidal adolescents in inpatient psychiatric treatment. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2018 11; 94:105-112. View abstract
  6. A Call for Social Responsibility and Suicide Risk Screening, Prevention, and Early Intervention Following the Release of the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 10 01; 177(10):1418-1419. View abstract
  7. Parental monitoring affects the relationship between depressed mood and alcohol-related problems in adolescents. Subst Abus. 2015; 36(1):82-4. View abstract
  8. Acute behavioral interventions and outpatient treatment strategies with suicidal adolescents. Int J Behav Consult Ther. 2014; 9(3):19-25. View abstract