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.
- O’Brien, T., Russell, C.L., Washington, M., Tan, A., & Hathaway, D. (December, 2018). An exploratory correlational study in the use of mobile technology among adult kidney transplant recipients. Progress in Transplantation. 28(4), 368-375. doi:10.1177/1526924818800051.
- Johnson R, Clark R, O’Brien T. Improving Family Nurse Practitioner Students’ Confidence for Clinical Decision Making and Presenting Patient Information to the Preceptor. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice. 2018;11(2):114-118. doi:10.1891/2380-94188.8.131.52.
- Russell, C., Miller, C., Remy, L., Wessol, J., Andrews, A., Clark, D., Hardinger, K., O'Brien, T., Hathaway, D., & Goggin, K. (April/May, 2018). Improvement of immunosuppressive medication adherence using a SystemCHANGE intervention: Case study of an older adult kidney transplant recipient. Nephrology Nursing Journal. 45(2) 183-223.
- O’Brien, T., & Hathaway. D. (2017). Students and faculty perceptions of an undergraduate nursing research internship program. Nurse Educator, doi 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000412
- O’Brien, T., Hathaway, D., Russell, C.L., Moore, S.M. (2017). Merging an activity tracker with SystemCHANGETM to improve physical activity in older kidney transplant recipients. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 44(2), 153-158.
- Johnson, R., O’Brien, T., Emerson, S., & Reed, L. (2017). Perceptions of family nurse practitioner (FNP/DNP) clinical preceptors regarding usefulness of onsite clinical site visits. Nurse Educator. 42(1), 51-54. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000289
- O’Brien, T., & Hathaway, D. (2016). An integrative literature review of physical activity recommendations for adult renal transplant recipients. Progress in Transplantation. 26(4), 1381-385. 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
- 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. 40(5), 237-240. 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
- Recent 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 Grants
- O’Brien, T., Hathaway D., & Russell, C. (March, 2018). Mobile Health Apps to Facilitate Self-management: A Qualitative Study of Kidney Transplant Recipients. American Nephrology Nurses Association Research Grant Program. ($3,000.00)
- O’Brien, T., (March, 2017). Using REDCap for Assessing Increasing Activity Post-Kidney Transplant with SystemCHANGE. TM The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science grant support (National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Grant 8UL1TR000090-05","National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, Grant 8UL1TR000090-05. ($2975.00)
- O’Brien, T., Hathaway D., & Russell, C. (September, 2016). Increasing Activity Post-Kidney Transplant with SystemCHANGE TM. 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. (July, 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. (March, 2016). Interactive Exercise Intervention System via Xbox Kinect. University of Tennessee Health Science Center Pocket CORNET Research Award. ($50,000.00).
- 2019 Southern Nursing Research Society, Aging Research Interest Group, Rising Investigator Award
- 2019 The Ohio State University Sphinx Senior Class Honorary, Faculty Mentor Award for Making a Difference in Student College Careers
- 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
- Professional Activities
- 2019-2020 Southern Nurses Research Society, co-Chair, Aging Research Interest Group
- 2019-2020 International Transplant Nursing Society, Task Force Chair, English Pamphlets and Handbooks
- 2018-2019 Southern Nurses Research Society, co-Chair, Aging Research Interest Group
- 2017-2019 International Transplant Nursing Society, Education Committee
- 2019-2019 Ambassador Advocate for Lifeline of Ohio
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.
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).