Jessica O'Brien



Faculty Advisor: 

Shirley Y. Hill

About Me:

In my spare time, I enjoy reading novels, attempting to complete crossword puzzles, and spending time with friends and family including my dog and cats.

Education & Training

  • B.A., Brown University
  • M.A., San Diego State University

Research Interests

I am interested in identifying genetic, neurological, cognitive, and behavioral predictors of alcohol use disorders (AUD) among individuals with a family history of AUD. I am especially interested in how deficits in social cognition may increase risk for alcohol use disorders, and whether prevention efforts aimed at enhancing social cognition may increase resilience for AUD.