Casey O’Brien, is a full-time licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Group Programs at CBC where she provides individual, family and group therapy to children, adolescents, adults, families and parents, as well as coordinates and develops CBT and DBT group therapy programs. She also consults to schools and agencies providing training and consultation in the application of CBT and DBT. She has received intensive training in CBT, DBT, PCIT, CBT for psychosis, Family-Focused Therapy, and specialized parenting strategies. Dr. O’Brien has expertise in the treatment of high-risk adolescent populations, mood disorders, early-onset of severe mental illness, behavioral disorders, adolescent substance use disorders, and individuals struggling with suicidality and self-injurious behavior.
Prior to CBC, Dr. O’Brien earned both her master’s and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. During her graduate training, she worked at Stanford Children’s Hospital outpatient clinics, Stanford Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program, and Kaiser Permanente Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, conducting neuropsychological evaluations and treating youth and families presenting with mood, anxiety, psychotic, behavioral, neurodevelopmental and substance use disorders. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare/University Hospital in Newark, NJ within their child and adolescent outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, including providing consultation and crisis evaluations within their pediatric emergency room and workshops within Newark Public Schools.
Dr. O’Brien has participated as a clinician on multiple research studies, including a federally funded multi-site randomized control trial focused on examining effective treatment for youth at risk for bipolar disorder, and has published peer reviewed papers and presentations. She was awarded APA Division 29’s Charles J. Gelso Psychotherapy Award and Research Grant, and focused her doctoral dissertation on understanding transdiagnostic mechanisms of change in group therapy by investigating the social-emotional climate on symptom reduction in Group CBT therapy for adolescents with mood disorders. Dr. O’Brien is an active member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.