College of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts

Music a complement to any field of study

Music a complement to any field of study

77 esteemed professors
77

esteemed professors

6 on-campus arts and performance venues
6

on-campus arts and performance venues

Communications Arts professor conducts studies on Facebook use

Communications Arts professor conducts studies on Facebook use

Assistant Professor
UAHuntsville Department of Psychology


Education

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
Perception
Human Factors Psychology (cross-listed in Industrial Engineering)
Decision-Making and Human Error
Experimental Design

IMG 1900

Contact

Morton Hall 319
256-824-2318
Marita.OBrien@uah.edu
Vita PDF

Affiliations

Everyday Technology Lab
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Brief Bio

Prior to her academic career, Dr. O'Brien spent more than 10 years advising Fortune 500 clients on the design of customer interfaces at Deloitte Consulting and Morgan Stanley & Company. From all of these experiences, she has been able to visit all 50 states and 7 continents! Now, she enjoys her free time by playing with her nieces and nephews, hiking, watching old movies, and wine tasting.

Selected Publications

Frazier, M.J., O’Brien, M.A., & Schultz, E.V. (February 2014). Evaluating lead time differences on residents’ responses to a tornado warning. Special Symposium on Severe Local Storms: The Current State of the Science and Understanding Impact. 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society. Atlanta, GA

Tucker, P., O’Brien, M.A., & Schultz, E.V. (February 2014). Understanding knowledge of tornado protective actions in a tornado-prone community. Special Symposium on Severe Local Storms: The Current State of the Science and Understanding Impacts. 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society. Atlanta, GA

O’Brien, M. A., and Shreeves, M. (2013). Evaluating the interactive social-cognitive model for explaining non-compliance to disaster warning. In Proceedings of the HFES Annual 57th Meeting. (pp. 1702-1706). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

 Shreeves, M., and O’Brien, M. A. (2013). Decision-making and information use among residents during an extended natural disaster. Proceedings of the HFES Annual 57th Meeting. (pp. 1770-1774). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

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. (2012), 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.