Dr. Chuck O'Brien

Part-time Faculty - Game Design Art


301 Sparkman Drive
Wilson Hall
Room 344
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Originally from NJ, Chuck used to study the sciences. In 2012, he started looking into changing careers to something more expressive and creative. After getting his doctorate, he became a freelance contractor to learn game/app design and development. Now, he still learns more about design everyday, but he also gets to share what he has picked up over the years with his students.

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A. Game Design, Lindenwood University, May 2023
  • Ph.D. Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Rutgers University, May 2013
  • B.S. Biotechnology, Rutgers University, October 2002

Exhibitions & Presentations

  • O'Brien, C. (2021, April 21). Encouraging user through gamification: a case study of the mPACT app [Conference presentation]. ECGC 2021. https://youtu.be/ZX3XXXd5shY.


  • Game Design
  • Project Management
  • Game Engine Scripting (such as Unreal Engine and Unity)

Recent Publications

  • Smith, L., Argentina, V., Price, J., & O'Brien, C. (2020). The mobile physical activity and cognitive training app for older adults. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 38(11), 537–542. https://doi.org/10.1097/cin.0000000000000697.