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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.


Kathleen O’Brien, Ph.D. is a Professor and Clinical Psychology faculty member at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago (ISPP, Chicago). Dr. O’Brien is a Board certified forensic psychologist with interests in family law, social security disability and ethics. She holds a diplomate in the American Board of Forensic Psychology. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. She coordinates the Forensic concentration in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program at ISPP, Chicago. She has extensive experience working with the Federal District and Circuit courts in northern Illinois as a private practitioner. She supervises a diagnostic and advanced practicum for doctoral students at ISPP, Chicago through the Domestic Relations Court for Cook County. She has past experience working with both adult and juvenile criminal matters and police psychology including consultation with the Chicago Police Department. She is the former Chair of the Illinois Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, having served on that committee for ten years. She teaches courses in forensic psychology, ethics, assessment, biological bases of behavior, and psychopharmacology.


  • 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 Psychology (ABPP) 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".