Tara O'Brien PhD, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor
obrien.782@osu.edu
614-292-8045


388 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Interest

 

Dr. O'Brien's past research involves nursing education, rural health issues, diabetes education, obesity, physical activity, and mobile health technology with older adults. She has examined risk factors for obesity among women living in the Appalachian region of North Carolina, as well as the effectiveness of mobile technology for the daily recording of calories and portion sizes consumed by older Appalachian women. In the spring of 2014, she completed a pilot study with older adults in rural NC for the use of digital wristband activity trackers for promoting physical activity. 

 

Since 2004, Dr. O'Brien has been developing a program of research to improve self-management strategies with low-income older adults, first with those living in the Appalachian region, and now in older adult kidney transplant recipients to improve health behaviors and decrease chronic disease.

 

Research Activities

 

Dr. O'Brien recently completed a study funded by the International Transplant Nursing Society exploring the use of mobile health apps among kidney transplant recipients.  She is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (2016-2019), Nursing Institute of Nursing Research for a K23 Award titled, Increasing Activity Post-Kidney Transplant with SystemCHANGE.

 

Funded Research

 

O’Brien, T., Hathaway D., & Russell, C. (September, 2016). Increasing Activity Post-Kidney Transplant with SystemCHANGE. K23NR016274 National Institutes of Health, Nursing Institute of Nursing Research. ($388,075.00), 09/26/2016-07/21/2019.

 

O’Brien, T., Hathaway D., & Russell, C. (2016). The Use of Mobile Phone Technology in Kidney Transplant Recipients. International Transplant Nurses Society. ($2,500).

 

Smith, W., Myers, M., O’Brien, T., & Chan, A. (2016). University of Tennessee Health Science Center Pocket CORNET Research Award. Interactive Exercise Intervention System via Xbox Kinect. ($50,000.00).

 

O’Brien, T. (2014). University of North Carolina at Charlotte Faculty Research Grant- The Comparisons of Activity Trackers among Older Adults. ($6,000).

 

O’Brien, T. (2013). Gamma Iota (Sigma Theta Tau International) Research Award -An Internet Assisted Weight loss Program Intervention for Older Obese Appalachian Women: Feasibility Concurrent Mixed Methods Study. ($1,000).

 

O’Brien, T (2012). Directors Award for Best Teaching Practices -Community Simulation in Undergraduate Baccalaureate Nursing Students. ($1500.00).

 

O’Brien, T. (2012). Director’s Award -The Use of Technology in Older Adults Living in the Appalachian Region of Rural North Carolina. ($2,000).

 

O’Brien, T. (2011). Director’s Award-Social Stress, Family Influences, and Folk Health Behaviors among Older Obese Appalachian Women. ($4,000).

 

O’Brien, T. (2010). Elinor Brooks Caddell Faculty Scholar Award -Stress, Family Influences, Health Behaviors, and Risk Factors as Contributing Factors to Obesity in Older Appalachian Women. ($1,000).

 

Selected Publications  

 

O’Brien, T., & Hathaway, D. (2016). An integrative literature review of physical activity recommendations for adult renal transplant recipients. Progress in Transplantation. doi 10.1177/1526924816664079  

 

O’Brien, T., Jenkins, C., Amella, E., Mueller, M., Moore, M., & Hathaway, D. (2016). An internet assisted weight loss program intervention for older overweight and obese rural women. Journal of Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 34(11), 513-519 doi: 10.1097/cin.0000000000000275

 

Johnson, R., O’Brien, T., Emerson, S., & Reed, L. (2016). Perceptions of family nurse practitioner (FNP/DNP) clinical preceptors regarding usefulness of onsite clinical site visits. Nurse Educator. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000289

 

O’Brien, T., Jenkins, C., Amella, E., Mueller, M., Talbot, L., & Troutman-Jordan, M. (2015). Obesity among women living in Appalachia: A dimensional analysis. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 5(1), 118-140. doi: 10.9730/ojccnh.org/v5n1a9

 

O’Brien, T., Troutman-Jordan, M., & Hathaway, D. (2015). How monthly grocery budgets relate to the consumption of nutritious food among older community dwelling adults living in North Carolina. The North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical, Education, Recreation, Dance, & Sport Management, 49(1), 43-59.

 

O’Brien, T., & Talbot, L. A., & Santevecchi, E. (2015). Strengthening clinical skills using peer-student validation. Nurse Educator. doi: 10.1097/nne.0000000000000155

 

O'Brien, T., Troutman-Jordan, M., Hathaway, D., Armstrong, S., & Moore, M. (2015). Acceptability of wristband activity trackers among community dwelling older adults. Geriatric Nursing (New York, N.Y.), 36(2 Suppl), S21-25. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2015.02.019

 

O’Brien, T., Jenkins, C., Amella, E., Mueller, M., Moore, M., Troutman- Jordan, M., & Sullivan, S. (December, 2014). Perceptions of older rural women using computerized programs for weight management. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 14(2).

 

O’Brien, T., Treiber, F., Jenkins, C., & Mercier, A. (August, 2014). Use of computers and cellular phone technology by older rural adults. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 32(8), 390-396

 

O’Brien, T., & Talbot, L. A.  (2011). Risk factors for obesity among women living in Appalachia: An integrative review. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 11(1), 70-79.

 

O’Brien, T., & Denham, S. (March/April 2008). Diabetes care and education in rural regions. The Diabetes Educator, 34(2), 334-347.

 

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography:

http://1.usa.gov/1nwe1G5

 

 

Honors and Awards

 

2015

Received the nomination for the UNC-Charlotte Chancellor’s 2014-2015 Senior Survey for the person who made the most significant and positive contribution to student education

2014

Selected to participate in the University of Maryland School Nursing (UMSON) Online and Implementation Program funded by the John A Hartford Foundation and the UMSON

2014

Nominated for the Southern Nurses Research Society, Early Investigator Award

2012

1st place - Research presentation The Use of Technology in Older Adults Living in the Appalachian Region of Rural North Carolina at the Medical University of South Carolina Research Day

2011-2012

Nurse Educational Funds Inc. Scholarship

2011

2nd place - Research presentation, Social Stress, Family Influences, and Health Behaviors among Older Obese Appalachian Women at the Medical University of South Carolina Research Day

2009

Faculty Genetic and Genomic Champion by the National Institute of Health

 

Professional Service

 

2015-2017

Southern Nurses Research Society, Leadership Succession Committee

2015- Present

Reviewer for Nurse Educator Journal

2015- Present

Reviewer for Progress in Transplantation