Dr. O'Bryant is director of rural research in the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, and serves as assistant professor in the Department of Neurology. Much of his professional career has been devoted to understanding how ethnic and cultural variables influencing thinking and behavior. His clinical and research interests are in understanding the role that ethnic, environmental and biological factors exert on thinking during the aging process. To that aim, Dr. O'Bryant and colleagues from the departments of Neurology, Nursing, Family and Community Medicine, as well as the Garrison Institute on Aging have begun the Cochran County Aging Studies to understand how these factors impact aging in rural West Texas. He is also in the beginning stages of several research projects specifically aimed at understanding thinking and memory problems associated with aging among the local Mexican American community.
Dr. O'Bryant completed his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University, his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with emphasis in neuropsychology, at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His clinical neuropsychology internship was completed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center/Jackson VA consortium and residency at the New Orleans VA Medical Center.