Richard O'Brien


Richard O'Brien

Educational Technologies Administrator, International Outreach Program

Richard O’Brien has more than 30 years experience in the field of medical education technology. He was an early advocate of computer-assisted instruction in both instructional design and programming capacities. His role as technician and programmer with the Computer-Based Education Research Laboratory’s PLATO project at the University of Illinois in the mid-1970s introduced him to ARPANET, which enabled him to be one of the first individuals to use what is known today as the Internet. O’Brien has a diverse background in media arts including cinematography, photography and video. He was co-producer and director of an award-winning cable television series in Hartford, Connecticut, titled "Hartford: Dead or Alive" / "The XY Show." Before coming to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2000, he was director of Education Technology at the University of Connecticut Medical School where he developed one of the first medical education Web sites.