Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion

Megan O’Brien holds a PhD in Community Psychology from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She also completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on drug dependence epidemiology. As a Research Associate with the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Office of Children and Families, her work has focused primarily on improving access to services for Medicaid and Medicaid-eligible youth from underserved areas ranging from sparsely populated rural counties to youth attending school in the urban core of Kansas City, KS. This has led to a primary focus on improving communication between families and providers in the children’s mental health and intellectual/developmental disabilities systems. Dr. O’Brien’s interest in improving access to health services also extends to the study of factors contributing to disparities in utilization of clinical preventive services among adults with disabilities. As a member of the AEDI research team, Dr. O’Brien is expanding the scope of her health services research to include the impact of asset development and financial inclusion.


Contact Information

(785) 864-6494

1545 Lilac Lane 110 Watkins Home
Lawrence, KS 66045