Tara O'Brien

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First Name
Tara
Last Name
O'Brien
Credentials
PhD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor
Address
388 Newton Hall
Address (Line 2)
1585 Neil Avenue
City
Columbus
State
OH
Zip Code
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.

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News

June 20, 2020

A team of researchers from Ohio State University’s College of Nursing recently received a $1.6 million federal grant to try to reduce the chances of young, Black adults getting heart disease.

June 18, 2020

Researchers from Vanderbilt University and The Ohio State University are teaming up to develop next-generation robotic technology that can help older adults living with forms of dementia through a grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).