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Tom O'Connor, PhD
NTT Assistant Professor
Office: Maaske 225



BA University College Dublin: Civil Law
MS Loyola College: Pastoral Counseling
PhD Catholic University of America: Religion and Culture in the US Penal System









SPRING 2015 Office Hours:

*Please email for appointment

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday





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 counseling. 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. He 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.



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