Kira O’Brien, LMSW is a licensed social worker currently at Princeton University where she supports undergraduates engaging in service-learning. Kira received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her Masters in Social Work from Fordham with a dual focus in clinical practice and client centered management. Her background has been in refugee resettlement, where her focus was on supporting recently arrived youth and families in their transition to life in New York City. Kira is a second year doctoral candidate and lecturer at Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she is studying the impact of service-oriented experiential learning on adolescent identity development with a focus on first-generation, low-income students. Through this work she thinks about what it means to serve others and the impact that service and experiential learning has on an individual's identity development, connection to social justice and capacity for empathy.
Kira O’Brien's article was co-written with Elizabeth Cauchois, MSW "Sounds of Social Justice in the Era of COVID-19" was recently published in Social Work Today.
Link to article: Sounds of Social Justice in the Era of COVID-19. https://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/exc_061220.shtml