Kirk O'Brien, Ph.D., is a Senior Director in Research Services at Casey Family Programs in Seattle, Washington, where he has worked since 2001. His primary responsibilities include managing, evaluating, and providing consultation on studies of youth in and alumni formerly in foster care, and studies evaluating strategies to help youth exit foster care by safely achieving permanence.
Dr. O’Brien coordinated the National Alumni Study and the Northwest Alumni Study, both of which have contributed significantly to the knowledge base of outcomes for youth formerly in foster care. More recently, Dr. O’Brien has led evaluation efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of services provided to youth in foster care who are served by Casey Family Programs.
Dr. O'Brien received his B.A. in Psychology from Emory University and received his doctorate in Developmental Psychology (with a specialty in quantitative methods) from the University of Houston. His professional interests include the Transtheoretical Model, family systems theory, and quantitative methods.