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Janet O'Brien

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Clinical Professor (FSC)
University Staff, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9120
Clinical Professor (FSC)
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9120
Clinical Professor (FSC)
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9120
Biography: 

Janet O'Brien is a Clinical Professor in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She coordinates the standardized patient clinical exams and the Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation program. She is a dissertation committee member for PhD students, a thesis director for Barrett Honors students, the Edson College Ombudsperson, and has taught in the undergraduate and graduate Health Innovation programs. Prof. O'Brien's research interests include competency assessment using simulation and reliability and validity testing in the design of simulation scenarios and measurement instruments. She is a member of the President's Award for Innovation Committee, the Research & Statistics editorial board member for The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, a member of the Spunt Grant Review Committee for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL), and an advisor, and past Chair, for the Scholarship Committee for the Arizona League for Nursing. 

Education: 

2014    PhD - Arizona State University, AZ

  • Measurement, Statistics, and Methodological Studies in Educational Psychology

Other Education:

MA - Arizona State University, AZ

  • Measurement, Statistics, and Methodological Studies in Educational Psychology

MEd - Arizona State University, AZ

  • Curriculum Development in Secondary Education

BA - Pennsylvania State University, PA

  • Geography

ADN - GateWay Community College, AZ

Research Interests: 

Prof. O’Brien’s research interests include competency assessment using simulation and reliability and validity testing in the design of simulation scenarios and measurement instruments. 

Publications: 

Green, E.P. Peterson, K.S., Markiewicz, K., O'Brien, J., & Arring, N. (2020).  Cautionary study on the effects of pay for performance on quality of care: A pilot randomized controlled trial using standardized patients. BMJ Quality & Safety. Advanced online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjqs-2019-010260

O’Brien, J.E., Thompson, M.S., & Hagler, D. (2019). Using generalizability theory to inform optimal design for a nursing performance assessment. Evaluation & the Health Professions. Advance online publication October 11, 2017. doi: 10.1177/0163278717735565

O’Brien, J., Hagler, D., & Thompson, M. (2015, November). Designing simulation scenarios to support performance assessment validity. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 46(1), 492-498. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20151020-01

Research Activity: 

Co-Investigator, ASU-Mayo Seed Grant, Using Behavioral Economics to Transform US Health Care Delivery and Disease Management, 2016 - 2017

Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HCI 311Health Innovation: Found Conc
HCI 428Technology: Health Care Innov
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HCI 311Health Innovation: Found Conc
HCI 425Facilitating Innovation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HCI 311Health Innovation: Found Conc
HCI 425Facilitating Innovation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HCI 311Health Innovation: Found Conc
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HCI 311Health Innovation: Found Conc
HCI 425Facilitating Innovation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HCI 311Health Innovation: Found Conc
HCI 425Facilitating Innovation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HCI 311Health Innovation: Found Conc
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HCI 425Facilitating Innovation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HCI 311Intro to Healthcare Innov
HCI 425Facilitating Innovation
Honors / Awards: 

2014                   Invited as Keynote Speaker, Arizona Simulation Network Annual Conference

2014                   Nominated for Nurse of the Year, March of Dimes

Professional Associations: 

2017 – present  /  American Nurses Association and Arizona Nurses Association

2016 – present  /  National League for Nursing

2016 – present  /  Arizona League for Nursing

           • Chair, Scholarship Committee (2016 – 2017)

2014 - present  /  Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) and 2005 – 2006

           • Reviewer of presentations for annual conference (January, 2015)

2013 - present  /  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

2012 - present  /  The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH)

2011 - present  /  International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)

           * Spunt Grant Review Committee Member (2017 - present)

2011 - present  /  Arizona Simulation Network (AZSimNet)

          • Research Committee Co-Chair (2014 – 2016)

2005 - present  /  American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2005 - present  /  National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)

Service: 
  • PhD Dissertation Committee Member, Edson College, 2021 - present
  • Invited Research and Statistical Consultant Board Member, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 2019 - present
  • Invited Peer Reviewer, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 2019 - present
  • Chair, Barrett Honors Student Thesis Committees, 2018 - present
  • Grant Reviewer, Research Grant Committee, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), 2017 - present
  • Chair, Scholarship Committee, Arizona League for Nursing, 2017 – present; Member, 2016 - present
  • Member, Simulation Steering Committee and Simulation Space Planning Committee, 2014 - present
  • RN Faculty Volunteer - COVID-19 testing and vaccination administration, 2020 - present
  • Edson College Ombudsperson, 2019 - present
  • Faculty Presenter for Innovation Projects, ASU 101 classes, 2019 - 2021
  • Nominated Member, University Undergraduate Standards Committee, 2017 - 2021
  • Invited Member, Arizona State Board of Nursing Advisory Opinion Task Force for Simulation in Pre-Licensure Programs, 2019 - 2020
  • Graduate Scholarship Committee and Chair, CONHI, 2016 - 2019
  • Invited Peer Reviewer, Innovations in Pharmacy, 2019
  • Invited Peer Reviewer, Evaluation & the Health Professions, 2017
  • Faculty Preceptor, SHOW Clinic, Student Health Outreach for Wellness – a community health initiative and free clinic coordinated by students from ASU, UofA, NAU, 2016 – 2017
  • Mentor, CONHI Health Initiatives, student club for non-clinical health careers majors, 2017
  • Member, Barrett Honors Student Thesis Committee, 2016 - 2017
  • Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE), reviewer of presentations for annual conference (January, 2015)
  • Research Committee Co-Chair, Arizona Simulation Network (AZSimNet), 2014 – 2016; Member 2011 - 2021