Julie O’Brien: A Ph.D and a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)

Julie O'Brien - PMA - positive mental attitude

How long have you worked at CAH?

9 months

What brought you to CAH?  

Dan and the opportunity to work with awesome people on awesome projects

What is the primary focus of your research? 

Health, tech (chatbots, other apps, etc), naive models of behavior and biometrics, adherence, and other stuff like voting

Your favorite experience while working at CAH?

Everything has been amazing, but probably the most ‘profound’ experience I’ve had is traveling to Kenya. Other awesome experiences are working with smart and thoughtful people, like Zack – feels like I’m in grad school again 🙂

If you weren’t a researcher, what career path would you have followed instead?


Which living person do you most admire?

Obviously I admire Dan. I also REALLY admire Ina May Gaskin – google her. She’s incredible. And I admire Arie Kruglanski

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

‘self-confidence’ 😉 

Which BE related words or phrases do you most overuse?

Licensing, cognitive load, implementation intentions, irrational, information avoidance.

implementation intentions, irrational, information avoidance

Which talent would you most like to have?

Getting stuff done more quickly and churning out papers (academic and otherwise)

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Natural childbirth.

Who are your favorite writers?

Probably my mom because she’s writing a book and I think she’s great (even though I haven’t read her book yet.)

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Not many.

What is your motto?

PMA – positive mental attitude.