Jane Clifford O'Brien

Jane has been teaching and providing occupational therapy services to children and youth for over 26 years.  She has published in topics related to occupational therapy practice for children and youth in the areas of motor control and motor learning,  play and playfulness, Model of Human Occupation, community wellness, and assessments.  Jane serves as co-editor and author of several textbooks, including:  Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents (7th ed.); Introduction to Occupational Therapy (4th ed.); Pediatric Skills for Occupational Therapy Assistants (4th ed.) and Occupational Analysis and Group Process.  Along with these textboooks, Jane has created ancillary materials, including video libraries to faciliate therapeutic reasoning. 

More recently, Jane examined teaching strategies for millenial students using a case-based integration approach to engage students in therapuetic reasoning. She created two courses using this approach, one for adult content and the other for pediatric content. Jane is currently working with L.L. Bean Wellness program to examine the outcomes of their employee wellness program.  She is also engaged in participatory research project using the Model of Human Occupation in practice. Jane engages in collaborations with colleagues from around the world and frequently presents internationally.  Her publications, chapters, and presentations include contributions and collaborations from UNE students and alumni.   

 

Education

MS

University of New England

2013

MSOT

Boston University

1988

Advanced Standing

University of Salzburg

1980

BA

University of Maine Orono

1982

Ph.D

University of South Carolina

2004

Board Certifications and Licenses

Occupational Therapist Registered

Maine Occupational Therapist Licensed

Research

Current Research

Using Model of Human Occupation to better understand children and their families; exploration of motivational issues for health and well-being in a wellness program at L.L. Bean;  participatory research project with pediatric practitioner to measure assessment and strength-based intervention strategies for children with disabilities

Research Interests

motor control and motor learning as applied to occupational therapy practice; therapeutic reasoning; teaching effectiveness; application of Model of Human Occupation in practice with children and adolescents; community wellness

Selected Publications

Carson, N., Blake, C., Saunders, R., & O’Brien, J. (2013). Influences on the food choice behaviors of adults with severe mental illness.  Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 29 (4), 361-384.

Kramer, J., Bowyer, P., Kielhofner, G., O’Brien, J., & Maziero-Barbosa, V. (2009). Examining rater behavior on a revised version of the Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE). Occupational Therapy Journal of Research,29 (2) 88 – 96.

Kramer, J.,  Bowyer, P., O’Brien, J., Kielhofner, G., & Maziero-Barbosa, V. (2009). How interdisciplinary pediatric practitioners choose assessments. Canadian Occupational Therapy Journal, 76, 56 – 64.

Kramer, J., Walker, R., Cohn, E., Mermelstein, M., Olsen, S., O’Brien, J., Bowyer, P. (2012). Striving for shared understandings: therapists’ perspectives of the benefits and dilemmas of using a child self-assessment. OTJR: Occupation, Participation & Health 32, Supplement: S48 – S58. ISSN: 1539-4492

Lewin, J. & O’Brien, J. (Februray 2010). Translating motor control theory into functional application to early intervention, UTS, Training Times, 6, 4 – 15.

O’Brien, J., Asselin, L., Fortier, K., Janzegers, R., Lagueux, B., & Silcox, C. (2010). Using therapeutic reasoning to apply the Model of Human Occupation in pediatric occupational therapy practice. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 3, 348 – 365.

O’Brien, J., Bergeron, A., Duprey, H., Olver, C., & St. Onge, H. (2009).Children with disabilities and their parents’ views of occupational participation needs. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 25,  1- 17.

O’Brien, J. & Lewin, J. (January 19, 2009). Part II; Translating motor control and motor learning principles into occupational therapy practice with children and youth. AOTA CEU article. OT Practice, 14,  CE 1- 8.

O’Brien, J. & Lewin, J. (Nov 17, 2008). Part I; Translating motor control and motor learning principles into occupational therapy practice with children and youth. AOTA CEU article. OT Practice, 17 (21). CE 1-8.

O’Brien, J., & McNeil, S. (2013). Teaching effectiveness: Preparing occupational therapy students for clinical practice. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1 (3), Article 3.

O’Brien, J. &  Sandmire, D. (2008). Cardiovascular and electroencephalographic response to purposeful vs. nonpurposeful activity in adults. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 22 (4), 19 – 30.

O’Brien, J., Williams, H., Bundy, A.,Lyons,J., & Mittal, A. (2008). Mechanisms that underlie coordination in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, Journal of Motor Behavior.  40, 43 – 61.

Sandmire, D., O’Brien, J., Lemieux, S., Meyer, S., & Moutinhu, S. (2008). Cardiovascular and electroencephalographic responses to purposeful versus nonpurposeful activity in children.  Occupational Therapy in Health Care. 22 (4), 1 – 18.

Taylor, R., O’Brien, J., Kielhfoner, G., Lee, S., Katz, B., & Mears, C. (2010). The occupational and quality of life consequences of chronic fatigue syndrome in adolescents. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73 (11), 524 –5.

 

Other Scholarly Activity

Books

O’Brien, J. (2017). Introduction to Occupational Therapy (5th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.

Solomon, J. & O’Brien, J.C. (Eds.) (2016). Pediatric Skills for Occupational Therapy Assistants (4th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.

Case-Smith, J. & O’Brien, J. (Eds.) (2015). Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents (7th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.

O’Brien, J. & Solomon, J., (2013). Occupational Analysis & Group Process. St. Louis: Elsevier.

Funded Grants

O’Brien, J. Community Therapy Center. Division of Exercise and Sport Performance, Occupational, and Physical Therapy, 2013 -14.

O’Brien, J. Inter-professional Research in Occupational and Physical Therapy. UNE Division of Exercise and Sport Performance, Occupational, and Physical Therapy, May 2011. $2290.

Cavanaugh, J. & O’Brien, J. Teleteaching: Innovation in occupational therapy and physical therapy interprofessional education. UNE Division of Exercise and Sport Performance, Occupational, and Physical Therapy . January 2010.

O’Brien,  J. , Rahman, S., & Ricci, E..  Inter-professional  grant and scholarship mentoring practicum: Childhood obesity.  WCHP Division of Exercise and Sport Performance, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. January 2010.

O’Brien, J. & Cavanaugh, J. Interdisciplinary research training in childhood obesity. University of New England Division of Exercise and Sport Performance, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. January 2009.

O’Brien, J. Project FUN (Fitness, yoU, and Nutrition). Hannaford Brothers. January 2009; January 2010; January 2011.

 

Invited Plenary Presentation

O’Brien, J. , Hinshaw, J., Froehlich, J. (April 1, 2017). Examining L.L. Bean’s Employee Health and Wellness Program using the Model of Human Occupation, AOTA National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.  

O’Brien, J. & Carson, N. (March 31, 2017). Educational strategies to develop therapeutic reasoning for practice in mental health and pediatrics, AOTA National Conference, Philadelphia, PA. 

O’Brien, J. , Hinshaw, J., Froehlich, J., Curran, S., Small, S., & Swenson, F. (March 30, 2017). Using the Model of Human Occupation to Measure Outcomes of the JumpStart L.L. Bean Employee Wellness Program.  AOTA National Conference, Philadelphia, PA. 

O’Brien, J.(October 27, 2016). Application of strength-based interventions using Model of Human Occupation. (Invited speaker).  Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

O’Brien, J. (October 6, 2016).  Strength-based intervention with children using the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO). (Invited speaker). Scholarship of Practice Lecture.  University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

O’Brien, J.(April 21, 2016). Strength-based perspectives: The Model of Human Occupation. (Keynote address).  University of Amsterdam.  Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Van Telden, M. & O’Brien, J. (April 21, 2016). Therapeutic reasoning using The Child Occupational Self-Assessment (workshop). University of Amsterdam.  Amsterdam, Netherlands.

O’Brien, J., Hinshaw, J., Froehlich, J., O’Brien, S., Curran, S., & Swenson, F. (January 22, 2016). Examining volition, habits, and performance capacity outcomes of L.L. Bean employees enrolled in a wellness program. Fourth International Institute of the Model of Human Occupation, Indianapolis, IN.

O’Brien, J. & Tumbleson, J. (January 22, 2016). Teaching students to apply the Model of Human Occupation to occupational therapy practice.  Fourth International Institute of the Model of Human Occupation, Indianapolis, IN.

O’Brien, J. (July 18, 2014). Applying motor control and motor learning theory to occupational therapy practice. (Invited speaker). Maralynne Mitcham Lectureship. Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

O’Brien, J. , Bowyer, P., & Kramer, J. (April 3, 2014). Applying the Model of Human Occupation in pediatric  practice. AOTA conference.  Baltimore, MD.

O’Brien, J., Crossley-Marra, L., DeLuca, K., Kaminski, T., Peters, B., Schena, C. , Shea, M., & Froehlich, J. (April 5, 2014). Using the Child Occupational Self-Assessment in Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practice. AOTA conference. Baltimore, MD.

O’Brien, J. & McNeil, S. (April 4, 2014). Teaching effectiveness: Preparing occupational therapy students for clinical practice.  AOTA conference. Baltimore, MD.

Coker-Bolt, P., & O’Brien, J. (February 20, 2014). Pediatric CIMT, motor control and motor learning.  University of New England. 

O’Brien, J. , Bowyer, P., & Kramer, J. (April 3, 2014). Applying the Model of Human Occupation in pediatric  practice. AOTA conference. Baltimore, MD.

Coker-Bolt, P., & O’Brien, J. (February 20, 2014). Pediatric CIMT, motor control and motor learning.  University of New England.

Research Topics

Jane O'Brien

Jane Clifford O'Brien

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Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor

Portland Campus

Proctor Hall
317

jobrien@une.edu

(207) 221-4107

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