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Kathleen O'Brien





  • Ph.D., Psychology, Arizona State University, 1993
  • M.S., Psychiatric Nursing Arizona State University, 1990
  • B.S.N., Nursing, Loyola University, 1972


Dr. O'Brien is a forensic psychologist with clinical interests in competency in both criminal and civil cases, juvenile competency, child custody, expert testimony, and police psychology. She coordinates the Forensic Psychology concentration at Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has extensive experience working within court systems and as a private practitioner. Dr. O'Brien consults with the Chicago Police Department, performing applicant screenings and fitness for duty evaluations. She has studied child custody with Dr. Barry Bricklin and maintains a private practice conducting 604B psychological investigations for Will County Court. She teaches courses in psychological assessment, ethics, and forensics. She is an elected member of the Illinois Psychological Association's Ethics Committee. Dr. O'Brien can be reached at 312-777-7691 or via email at kobrien@argosy.edu.


  • Forensic Psychology
  • Assessment for Forensics
  • Ethics

Selected Publications

  • O'Brien, K. (1997, August) "Insight Into Education" interview given to The Naperville Sun,
  • O'Brien, K. ( 1995, September) "Risk and Resilience in Children" interview given to Grundy County newspaper
  • O'Brien, K. (1989, Summer) "Keeping Kids Out of Trouble This Summer" Honeywell Corporation Newsletter
  • O'Brien, K. (1986) "Psychiatric Medications: A Handbook for Patients" St. Luke's Behavioral Health Center


  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychology Law Society-Division 41 APA
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional PsychologyABPP Board Certified Forensic Psychologist
  • Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Psychology


  • O'Brien K. (2009, May) "Child Custody Law vs. Cultural Practices: Best Interests Standard or Issues of Diversity"
  • O'Brien, K. (2009, March) "Complicated and High Conflict Child Custody Evaluations: A Case Study of Long Standing Sexual Abuse Allegations without Judicial Support."
  • O'Brien, K. (2007, May) "Crafting Ethical Child Custody Evaluations"presented at the American College of Forensic Psychology Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • O'Brien, K. (2006, October) "Ethics In Teaching"presented at the Illinois Psychological Association Convention Presentation
  • O'Brien K. (2004, June) "Best Practices: How to Prepare Your Client for a Child Custody Evaluation"