Adjunct Assistant Professor
Office: Maaske 226
BA University College Dublin: Civil Law
MS Loyola College: Pastoral Counseling
PhD Catholic University os America: Religion and Culture in the US Penal System
Fall 2013 Office Hours:
Tom O’Connor grew up in Ireland and qualified as a solicitor (attorney) in the Irish
legal system after leaving high school. Tom has degrees in law, philosophy, theology and counselling; his Ph.D. from the
Catholic University of America focused on Religion and Culture in the US Penal System.
Tom has been nationally certified in the US as a chaplain and a counsellor, and is
trained in many evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive
Behavioural Coaching and the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory. Tom also
incorporates Dialogue Coaching and the “Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and
Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization” process into his work to bring
about personal and organizational transformation.
Most recently Tom worked as a research manager for two years and as the head chaplain
for eight years with the Oregon Department of Corrections. Tom has published, trained,
and coached widely on change management, organizational development, the contribution
of chaplaincy and volunteers to corrections, the role of humanistic, spiritual and religious
ways of making meaning in the desistance process, and implementing evidence-based
practices in corrections.