Patrick O'Connor


Patrick O’Connor earned degrees from the University of Oregon (B.S.) and Purdue University (M.S.) before obtaining a Ph.D. (Kinesiology major and Psychology minor) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Areas of Expertise

  • Exercise and mental health
  • Physical activity and well-being
  • Sleep and circadian rhythms
  • Psychological effects of nutrients


  • Sleep and circadian rhythms
  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Cognition (executive function
  • sustained attention)
  • Feelings of energy and fatigue



  •  Ph.D. in Exercise Psychology, 1989
    University of Wisconsin - Madison


 706-461-0930 (mobile)

Research Summary

Dr. O’Connor’s primary line of research addresses relationship between acute and chronic physical activity and psychological outcomes such as anxiety, attention, mental energy/fatigue, pain and sleep. A secondary line of research has examined the psychological consequences of novel nutraceuticals.

Awards and Accolades

School of Education Alumni Achievement Award

University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2011