Erin O'Brien Veara
Licensed Clinical Psychologist | 856-983-3866 Ext. 3115
“I believe in the inherent ability of each patient to reach their optimal health and potential. By partnering with each patient, I can develop a treatment plan that is individualized to their goals, challenges, and strengths. Each patient becomes an active participant in his/her treatment, facilitating successful outcomes that are consistent with your goals.”
Dr. O’Brien Veara completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. After gaining valuable experience in sleep research at the University of Pennsylvania, she completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida, focusing on the relationship between sleep and chronic pain. Dr. O’Brien Veara then completed her Clinical Psychology internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University. She worked as a staff psychologist in Outpatient Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in the Lifespan Hospital System in Providence, RI, and was the Director of the Clinical Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program in this role. Dr. O’Brien Veara has extensive experience in the empirically-supported treatments of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and uses these approaches to treat a broad range of conditions, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and health-related conditions, such as insomnia, chronic pain, weight management, smoking cessation, management of chronic illness, and stress-related conditions. Dr. O’Brien Veara has a particular specialty in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and is one of only a handful of clinicians in the United States who has obtained Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (CBSM). She has expertise in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders in adults, children, and older adults. Upon relocating to her hometown of Marlton, NJ, Dr. O’Brien Veara joined Centra as a licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Dr. O’Brien Veara’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of behavioral sleep medicine, with a focus on the relationship between insomnia and physical and mental health, and the management of chronic pain. Dr. O’Brien Veara has conducted research examining the relationship between sleep and weight, sleep and pain, and sleep and depression. She has published several papers and given presentations related to insomnia, chronic pain, weight management, and mental health topics. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. O’Brien Veara teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology (most recently at La Salle University and Rowan University). She has supervised many clinical psychology and medical trainees in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, sleep disorders, weight management, chronic pain, stress-related conditions, and personality disorders.
Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM)
Society for Sleep Research (
American Psychological Association (
Honors and Distinctions
Selected Publications and Presentations
“Sleep in chronic pain patients” (2007), presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
“Psychosocial functioning in depressed outpatients with or without severe insomnia” (2010), presentation at the annual meeting of the Associate Professional Sleep Societies, San Antonio, TX.
“Sleep Management After Concussion” (2012), presentation at the Memorial Hospital Concussion Care Conference
“Pain Assessment and Treatment” (2012-2014), presentation to the Behavioral Medicine Residents, Brown University predoctoral clinical psychology training program
“Insomnia Assessment and Treatment” (2012-2014) presentation to the Behavioral Medicine Residents, Brown University predoctoral clinical psychology training program; Primary Care Residents/Fellows, Brown University medical residency program
O’Brien, E. M., Hart, C. N., Wing, R. R. (2016) Discrepancies between self-reported usual sleep duration and objective measures of total sleep time in treatment seeking overweight and obese individuals. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 14(5), 539-549.
O’Brien, E. M., Fava, J., Subak, L. L., Stone, K., Hart, C., Demos, K., and Wing, R. (2012). Sleep Duration and Weight Loss Among Overweight/Obese Women Enrolled in a Behavioral Weight Loss Program, Nutrition & Diabetes, 2, e43.
O’Brien, E. M., Dalrymple, K., Hrabosky, J., Chelminski, I., Young, D., & Zimmerman, M. (2012). Insomnia is associated with impaired quality of life among bariatric surgery candidates, Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 6(2), e91-e102.
O’Brien, E. M., Zimmerman, M., Chelminski, I., Young, D., Dalrymple, K., and Hrabosky, J. (2011). Severe Insomnia is Associated with More Severe Presentation and Greater Functional Deficits in Depression, Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 1101-1105.
Dzierzewski, J. M., O’Brien, E. M., Kay, D., & McCrae, C. S. (2010). Tackling sleeplessness: Psychological treatment options for insomnia in older adults. Nature and Science of Sleep, 2, 47-61.
O’Brien, E. M., Waxenberg, L. B., Atchison, J. W., Gremillion, H. A., Staud, R. M., McCrae, C. S., & Robinson, M. E. (2010) Negative mood mediates the effect of poor sleep on increased pain among chronic pain patients, Clinical Journal of Pain, 26(4), 310-319.
O’Brien, E. M., Staud, R. M., Hassinger, A. D., McCulloch, R. C., Craggs, J. G., Price, D. D., & Robinson, M. E. (2009). Patient-Centered Perspective on Treatment Outcomes in Chronic Pain. Pain Medicine, 11, 6-15.
O’Brien, E. M., & Mindell, J. A. (2005). Sleep and risk-taking behavior in adolescents. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 3(3), 113-133.
Robinson, M. E., & O’Brien, E. M. (2009). Chronic pain. Frank, R. G., Rosenthal, M., & Caplan, B. (Eds.). Handbook of rehabilitation psychology, 2nd edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association (pp. 119-132).
O’Brien, E. M., McCrae, C. S. (2008). Insomnia due to mental disorder. Winkelman, J. W., Henderson, J. H., Kotagal, S., Lee-Chiong, T. L., Lichstein, K. L., Murray, B. J., & Schenck, C. H. (Eds.). The sleep medicine case book-A learning companion to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, 2nd ed., Diagnostic and Coding Manual. Westchester, IL: American Academy of Sleep Medicine.