Natalie O'Brien

Research Associate

Natalie joined the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center and the Center for the Study of Young Drivers in spring 2008 as a Research Associate. With a research emphasis in adolescent development and behavior, Natalie's work at HSRC focuses primarily on factors contributing to the high crash rates among teen drivers. She is currently working on projects related to Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), parental involvement in supervising teen driving, and teen cell phone use while driving.

She was previously with the 3-C Institute for Social Development where she worked on several NIMH funded projects to develop and evaluate social skills and character education programs for children and adolescents. She assisted in the development of program manuals, resource guides, and curricula for clinicians, school-based professionals, and parents. She also consulted with Advisory Board members, conducted focus groups, and supervised large scale school-based evaluations. From 2002-2005, as a Project Coordinator at the University of South Alabama, she managed multiple projects pertaining to adolescent mental health, risk-taking, violent and life-threatening behavior. She has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has presented at professional conferences in these research areas.

Natalie has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Alabama.