Assistant Professor
UAHuntsville Department of Psychology


Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology; Engineering Psychology (minor Cognitive Aging)
M.S., University of Colorado, Boulder; Telecommunications Engineering
A.B., Duke University; Math/Economics

Areas of Interest

Everyday technology design and learning
Everyday decision-making and human error
Human resilience
Disaster preparation

Classes Taught

General Psychology
Human Factors Psychology 
Decision-making and Human Error 
Experimental Design


Everyday Technologies Lab
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Selected Publications

O’Brien, M.A., Rogers, W.A., & Fisk, A.D. (2012). Understanding age and technology experience differences in use of prior knowledge for everyday technology interactions. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, 4(2), Article 2, doi: 10.1145/2141943.2141947

O’Brien, M.A., Bass, E.J., Bliss, J.P., Cooke, N.J., Kalsher, M.J., & Mayhorn, C.B. (accepted), Improving residents’ response to disaster warnings: A discussion panel. To be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Meeting.

O’Brien, M.A. & Rogers, W.A., (2012), Design for aging: Enhancing everyday technology Use. In R.Z. Zheng, R.D. Hill, & M.K. Gardner (Eds.), Engaging Older Adults with Modern Technology: Internet Use and Information Access Needs (pp. 105-123). Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.

O’Brien, M.A., Weger, K., DeFour, M.E., & Reeves, S.M. (2011), Examining the role of age and experience on use of knowledge in the world for everyday technology interactions. In Proceedings of the 55th Annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Meeting. (pp 177-181), Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.