BOSTON

BOSTON

Dan O’Brien

Research Director, Boston Area Research Initiative
Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs + School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

daniel_obrien@radcliffe.harvard.edu

Dan O’Brien’s research and teaching is focused on the psychology and sociology of urban neighbourhoods. Dr. O’Brien has used this multidisciplinary approach to further research on “broken windows,” or the presence of disorder and deterioration in a neighbourhood, in a number of directions. He has published papers on: how people perceive and interpret neighbourhood disorder; the patterns of behavior that create or eliminate disorder within a neighborhood; and disorder’s relationship with other neighbourhood outcomes, like adolescent behavior. He has also done work on how individuals differ in their levels of prosociality (e.g., cooperation, sharing) across neighbourhoods. Many of these projects have been done in collaboration with interested city agencies and community groups.
Dr. O’Brien came to BARI from Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY, where he earned his doctorate and was a founding member of the Binghamton Neighborhood Project (BNP), an interdisciplinary program intended to unify researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the effort to address the challenges of urban life from a scientific perspective. He has been recently appointed an assistant professor at Northeastern University in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and School of Criminology and Criminal Justice