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Psychology

Lia O'Brien

Contact Psychology  

Psychology

Wayne Hall
125 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


Undergraduate Office: 5th Floor Room 502
Phone: 610-436-2945
Undergraduate Email: psych@wcupa.edu


Graduate Office: 5th Floor Room 506
Phone: 610-436-2532
Graduate Email: BFitzgerald@wcupa.edu


Lia O'Brien

  • Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • Email: LOBrien@wcupa.edu
  • Office Phone: 610-436-3153
  • Office Room Number:Wayne 5th Floor Room 515
  • Preferred Means of Contact: Email

Office Hours Spring 2018

  • Monday 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Thursday 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Courses Typically Taught

  • PSY 382 Infant, Child, and Adolescent Development
  • PSY 608 Developmental Bases of Behavior

Representative Publications

  • O'Brien, L., Mendonça, S. E., & Price, U. S. (in press). The development of gratitude in the United States. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
  • O'Brien, L., Price, U., Liang, Y., & Mercon-Vargas, E. (in press). Relations between parents' and children's gratitude. In J. Tudge and L. Freitas (Eds.), Developing Gratitude. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tudge, J. R. H., Freitas, L. B. L., O'Brien, L., & Mokrova, I. L. (in press). Methods for studying the development of gratitude cross-culturally Cross-Cultural Research.
  • Kiang, L., Merçon-Vargas, E., Payir, A., & O'Brien, L. (in press). The development of gratitude and its relation to spending preferences and materialism. In J. Tudge and L. Freitas (Eds.), Developing Gratitude. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tudge, J., Payir, A., Mercon-Vargas, E., Cao, H., Liang, Y., Li, J., and O'Brien, L. (2016). Still misused after all these years? A re-evaluation of the uses of Bronfenbrenner's bioecological theory of human development. Journal of Family Theory and Review.
  • Tudge, J., Freitas, L., & O'Brien, L. (2015). The virtue of gratitude: A developmental and cultural approach. Human Development.
  • Tudge, J., Freitas, L., & O'Brien, L. (2015). Development of the virtue of gratitude. In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks: CA.

Research Interests

Broadly, my research interests are in the bi-directional relations between context and cognitive, social, and character development in children and adolescents. My current research is focused on the development of gratitude, optimism, and future orientation.