University Profiles

Christopher W. O'Brien

Christopher W. O'Brien, Ph.D., LAT, ATC

Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Special Academic Programs and Projects, Division of Health Sciences

Department of Athletic Training


My research interests include professional clinical education and student foundational behavioral development.

I have been the Assistant Dean for Special Academic Programs and Projects in the Division of Health Sciences since January 1, 2013. I joined the faculty of the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program in August 2010, where I served at the Director of Clinical Education. Prior to joining the Seton Hall community, I was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Athletic Training at Stony Brook University and the Athletic Training Education Program Director at Marywood University. I have been an Athletic Trainer since 1994 and in athletic training administration and education since 2000. Prior to entering academia, I served as an Athletic Trainer at the high school and collegiate levels. I am credentialed to practice athletic training in three states.

I completed my Ph.D. in Human Development – Higher Education Administration at Marywood University. My interest areas include student foundational behavioral development in professional practice and professional clinical education. I have been recognized for my research as a recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) Sayers “Bud” Miller Memorial Scholarship and the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (EATA) Frank George Postgraduate Grant. I have presented my work at local, national and international forums. I am a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Site Visitor. I serve on several professional committees, including as New Jersey Representative on the NATA District Two Advanced Education Committee and expert abstract reviewer for the EATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. Of notable mention is that while serving in my role as Director of Clinical Education for the Master of Science in Athletic Program, the clinical portfolio of the program experienced unprecedented growth.

Another passion of mine is service learning and community service. I have been privileged to lead multiple groups of college students from all majors on service learning trips to the Gulf Coast for Hurricanes Katrina and Ike disaster recovery efforts. I have also been active with Habitat For Humanity, Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund-raising, the Jaycees, and the American Cancer Society. Most recently, I have led groups of students in post-Hurricane Sandy clean-up and rebuilding efforts in the New York and New Jersey area.


  • Ph.D. in Human Development, Higher Education Administration, Marywood University
  • M.S. in Athletic Training, California University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S. in Health Sciences/Athletic Training, Lock Haven University

Academic Distinctions

  • Francis J. George Postgraduate Grant Award Winner in recognition from EATA of exceptional leadership in athletic training and demonstration by distinguished academics in research. 2007.
  • New York State/UUP Individual Development Grant Award Recipient, 2010.


  • 2014 Irish Education 100 Honoree
  • Sayers "Bud" Miller Memorial Scholarship Award Recipient - NATA Research and Education Foundation, 2006.

  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Accreditation Site Visitor
  • 2009 State Association (NYSATA) Delegate, Board of Certification Athletic Trainer Regulatory Conference, Omaha, NE.



Office Phone
(973) 275-2220


Office Location
McQuaid Hall


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