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Licensed Psychologist

Carol OBrien, Ph.D.

My Background

I started my career as a psychologist in 1987 after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I have worked with people with a variety of concerns and goals. At the beginning of my career at the VA Medical Center, I worked with people with problems related to substance abuse. I found that a lot of the people I worked with also had other mental health problems, so I developed programs for people who had both drug or alcohol problems and mental illness. Later, I started programs specifically for women, especially those who had been sexually assaulted, and I later expanded those programs to include men. I have testified before Congress and worked with the Department of Defense to improve the resources for men and women who were assaulted during their military service. During the last several years of my career, I have been responsible for programs to treat men and women who have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, mostly because of sexual assault or war-related trauma. I've been on the faculty at USF and at the University of Minnesota and I've done research, resulting in several publications. I've had a part-time private practice for many years and am now focusing all of my time and effort to provide psychological services to people in the St. Petersburg area.