Alyssa J. O'Brien, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Alyssa O'Brien

Phone: (603) 862-2260
Office: Nursing, Hewitt Hall Rm 220, Durham, NH 03824

2015 Dissertation Published on Pro-Quest: Coming Through it Together: Narratives on the Relational Aspects of Maternal Postpartum Depression and Parenting Practices; 2014 Research Poster Presentation Sutter East Bay: Maternal Postpartum Depression, Parenting and the Partner Relationship; 2013 Research Poster Presentation Western Institute of Nursing Annual Convention: Maternal Postpartum Depression, Parenting and the Partner Relationship; 2012 Research Poster Presentation Samuel Merritt University: Maternal Postpartum Depression and the Couple Relationship; 2011-present University of California San Francisco Dissertation Study: The Partner Relationship During the Transition to Parenthood within the Context of Maternal Postpartum Depression: CHR is Active; 2011 Research Poster Presentation CA AWHONN Chapter Annual Convention: The Experiences of Fathers with a Partner Diagnosed with Postpartum Depression

Courses Taught

  • INCO 590: Student Research Experience
  • NURS 450: Making Babies
  • NURS 500: Intro to Professional Nursing
  • NURS 506: Hum Dev Inter & Learn Lifespan
  • NURS 621: Maternal and Newborn Nurs Lab
  • NURS 621C: Maternal Newborn Nurs Clin
  • NURS 648W: Honors Seminar I
  • NURS 704P: Public Health Nursing Project
  • NURS 748W: Honors Thesis I
  • NURS 749W: Honors Thesis II
  • WS 796: Adv Top/Capstone Experiences


  • Ph.D., Nursing, University of California
  • M.S., Nursing, University of New Hampshire
  • B.S., Nursing, University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

  • Family
  • Nursing
  • Stress processes and mental health

Selected Publications

  • O'Brien, J. E., Trumbell, J. M., O'Brien, A. J., & Fischer, C. (2023). Pivots and Partnerships: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned From Conducting Research During a Global Pandemic.. Violence Against Women, 10778012231222490. doi:10.1177/10778012231222490

  • Jones, L. M., Nolte, K., O'Brien, A. J., Trumbell, J. M., & Mitchell, K. J. (2021). Factors Related to Providers Screening Children for Behavioral Health Risks in Primary Care Settings. JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC NURSING-NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES, 59, 37-44. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2020.12.014

  • O'Brien, A. J., Chesla, C. A., & Humphreys, J. C. (2019). Couples' Experiences of Maternal Postpartum Depression. JOGNN-JOURNAL OF OBSTETRIC GYNECOLOGIC AND NEONATAL NURSING, 48(3), 341-350. doi:10.1016/j.jogn.2019.04.284

  • Most Cited Publications