Dr. Brian B. Shulman, dean of the School of Health and Medical Sciences announces the appointment of Dr. Christopher O'Brien as Assistant Dean for Special Academic Programs and Projects in the Division of Health Sciences effective January 1, 2013. Dr. O'Brien joined the SHMS faculty of the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program in August 2010, where he served as the Director of Clinical Education. Prior to joining the Seton Hall community, Dr. O'Brien was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Athletic Training at Stony Brook University and the Athletic Training Education Program Director at Marywood University. He has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1994 and in athletic training administration and education since 2000. Prior to entering academia, he served as a certified athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels. Dr. O'Brien is credentialed to practice athletic training in three states.
Dr. O'Brien completed his Ph.D. in Human Development - Higher Education Administration at Marywood University. His interest areas include student foundational behavioral development in professional practice and professional clinical education. He has been recognized for his 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. Dr. O'Brien has presented his work at local, national, and international. He is a Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Site Visitor. Dr. O'Brien serves on several professional committees, including 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 Dr. O'Brien served in his role as Director of Clinical Education for the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program, the clinical portfolio of the program experienced unprecedented growth.
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