Jennifer O'Brien

Jennifer O'Brien
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Research Affiliate
Assistant Professor
Phone: (603) 862-2818
Office: Social Work, Pettee Hall, Durham, NH 03824

Jennifer O'Brien is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and affiliated with the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC) at the University of New Hampshire. Her areas of research include childhood sexual abuse, the commercialized sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), and Internet victimization. Dr. O’Brien received her Ph.D. in Social Work in 2017 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her MSW from Smith College School of Social Work in 2010. A licensed clinician, Dr. O’Brien’s research interests stem from her practice experiences both domestically and abroad with survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. Currently, Dr. O’Brien is working on several projects including: the role of technology in the lives of youth who trade sex, law enforcement’s response to victims (and survivors) of CSEC, and CSEC survivor’s treatment needs and preferences. Her work is published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, and has been presented at numerous conferences world-wide.

Courses Taught

  • 831: Social Work Practice II
  • 850: Human Behavior & Soc Environ I
  • 992: Special Projects & Ind Study
  • SW 830: Social Work Practice I
  • SW 831: Social Work Practice II
  • SW 850: Human Behavior & Soc Environ I
  • SW 931: Adv Generalist Practice IV
  • SW 952: HBSE III

Education

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.S.W., Smith College
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S., University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Sexual Behavior
  • At-Risk Children/Youth
  • Child Abuse/Neglect

Selected Publications

  • O'Brien, J., Finkelhor, D., & Jones, L. (2022). Improving services for youth survivors of commercial sexual exploitation: Insights from interventions with other high-risk youth. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 132. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106313

  • O'Brien, J. E., Brewer, K. B., Jones, L. M., Corkhum, J., & Rizo, C. F. (2021). Rigor and Respect: Recruitment Strategies for Engaging Vulnerable Populations in Research. JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE. doi:10.1177/08862605211023497

  • Williamson, E., O'Brien, J., Jones, L., Mitchell, K., & Dunford, L. (2020). Featured counter-trafficking program: Love146. CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT, 100. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104131