Ed O'Brien is an experimental social psychologist. His research examines the power of the situation over how people understand themselves and the social world. Current topics of interest include experienced enjoyment, time use and wellbeing, and differences in how people respond to improvement vs. decline.

O’Brien is the recipient of the SAGE Young Scholar Award, the ISCON Early Career Award, and the APS Rising Star Award, and was named Top 40 Under 40 Most Outstanding Business School Professors by Poets & Quants at age 31. His work has been published in topic academic journals (e.g., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) and is regularly featured in major media outlets (e.g., NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal).

O’Brien joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2014. He received a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan (2009-2014) as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He received a B.S. in psychology from Saint Joseph’s University (2005-2009) summa cum laude with University Scholar distinction (top member of graduating class).

Academic Areas

  • Behavioral Science

2022 - 2023 Course Schedule

Number Title Quarter
38901 Current Topics in Behavioral Science I 2023 (Winter)
38001 Managing in Organizations 2023 (Winter)
38601 Workshop in Behavioral Science 2023 (Spring)