Faculty & Research

Ed O'Brien

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science

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Chicago, IL 60637

Ed O'Brien studies social cognition and the general interplay of thinking and feeling, particularly within the domains of: (i) enjoyment, wellbeing, and hedonic psychology; (ii) perceiving time and change; (iii) perspective taking. His research has been published in various journals including Personality and Social Psychology Review, Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. A number of media outlets have featured his research, including NPR, The Atlantic, TIME, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Big Think, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today

O’Brien earned a Ph.D. (2014) and a Master’s degree (2011) in social psychology, both from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he worked with Phoebe Ellsworth, Norbert Schwarz, Dick Nisbett, and Brad Bushman. At UM, O’Brien’s accolades included a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Philip Brickman Memorial Prize for best predoctoral research program, and the Pat Gurin Distinguished Lecture Award.

O’Brien was born and raised on the east coast and attended Philadelphia’s prestigious Saint Joseph’s Preparatory high school (2005), and subsequently Saint Joseph’s University where he received a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in psychology (2009). He was the only member of the university-wide graduating class elected “University Scholar,” a distinction based on grades, coursework, research, and extracurricular activity.


2014 - 2015 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
38001 Managing in Organizations 2015 (Winter)