Associate Dean & Director of Health & Wellness
Associate Dean & Director of Health & Wellness | PsyD, Lic. Psychologist, 20314
Sharleen O’Brien is the Director of the Health & Wellness department, overseeing health promotion programs & strategies to improve student well-being and success at UCSB. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 2003 from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Sharleen has expertise in health psychology, mindfulness meditation, sleep health, and psychological well-being.
Before coming to UC Santa Barbara, Sharleen was core faculty in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Antioch University, Clinical Director of New Beginnings Counseling Center, and also served as a consultant writer on the California Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention for the California Department of Mental Health, Prevention Branch.
Dr. O’Brien brings over 10 years of leadership experience and 18 years of clinical practice and teaching clinical psychology. She is passionate about applying her background to advance broader initiatives designed to strengthen the living and learning environment and promote a culture of health & well-being so that all can thrive. Sharleen loves the outdoors, hiking, biking, yoga, movies, cooking, and gardening.