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Dr. Daniel O'Connor

Department Chair

Office Number: 145 MEL
Phone: 713-743-2377
Fax: 713-743-9860


Mailing Address:
3875 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015


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Research Interests

Dr. O’Connor’s interdisciplinary research agenda includes evaluating the effectiveness of health-related interventions, explaining individual variation in health outcomes, and investigating the effects of physical activity on health and risk factors. He has collaborated in research across many diverse fields and topics, including obesity, health and wellness, public health, kinesiology, exercise science, rehabilitation, movement disorders, physiology, and surgery.

Recent Publications and Research Activity


Principal Investigator:
United Health Foundation. A Community Collaborative for Preventing and Treating Obesity in Underserved Communities in Houston. (Co-Principal Investigator with Ezemenari Obasi).

Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute. Clinical and translational methods and outcomes in orthopedic surgery. (Co-Principal Investigator Mitzi Laughlin).

Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Taking Texas Tobacco Free: Increasing Tobacco Cessation in Substance Use Treatment Centers via an Evidence-Based, Comprehensive Tobacco-Free Workplace Program. (Principal Investigator Lorraine Reitzel).

NIH/National Cancer Institute. CMV Infection and NK-Cell Therapy for Multiple Myeloma (1R21CA197527). (Principal Investigator Richard Simpson).

Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Taking Texas: Statewide Dissemination of the Taking Texas Tobacco Free Workplace Program. (Principal Investigator Lorraine Reitzel).

NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) (2R44GM095005 SBIR IIb). Air Barrier System for the prevention of prosthesis-related infections. (Principal Investigator Sean D. Self).

American Heart Association (AHA). Elucidating the relationship between cortical hemodynamics and mild cognitive impairment in adults with Type II Diabetes. (Principal Investigator Stacey Gorniak).


Daundasekara S, Beasley AD, O’Connor DP, Sampson M, Hernandez, D, Ledoux TA. Validation of the Intuitive Eating Scale for pregnant women. Appetite. 2017;112:201-209.

Meng H, O’Connor DP, Lee BC, Layne CS, Gorniak SL. Alterations in over-ground walking patterns in obese and overweight adults. Gait and Posture. 2017;53:145-150.

Brinker MR, Trivedi A, O’Connor DP. The debilitating effects of femoral nonunion on health-related quality of life. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2017;31:e37-e42.

Darouiche RO, Green DM, Harrington MA, Ehni BI, Kouglas P, Bechara CF, O’Connor DP. Association of airborne microorganisms in the operating room with implant infections: a randomized controlled trial. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2017;38:3-10.

Gartsman GM, Waggenspack WN, O’Connor DP, Elkousy HA, Edwards TB. Immediate and early complications of the open Latarjet procedure: a retrospective review of a large consecutive case series. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2017;26:68-72.

Parker N, O’Connor DP, Kao D, Lee RE. Do neighborhood physical activity resources and land-use influence physical activity among public housing residents? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2016;27:1330-1344.

Brinker MR, O’Connor DP. The biologic basis for nonunions. JBJS Reviews. 2016;4:e3. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.15.00078.

Leach HJ, O’Connor DP, Simpson RJ, Rifai H, Mama SK, Lee RE. An exploratory decision tree analysis to predict cardiovascular disease risk in African American women. Health Psychology. 2016;35:397-402.

Bangdiwala SI, Bhargava A, O’Connor DP, Michie S, Murray D, Stevens J, Belle S, Templin T, Pratt C. Statistical methodologies to pool across multiple intervention studies. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, and Research. 2016: doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0386-8.

Meng H, O’Connor DP, Lee BC, Layne CS, Gorniak SL. Effects of adiposity on postural control and cognition. Gait and Posture. 2016;43:31-37.

Joseph S, Stevens A, Ledoux TA, O’Connor TM, O’Connor DP, Thompson D. Rationale, design and methods for process evaluation in the Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2015;47:560-565.

Schottel PC, O’Connor DP, Brinker MR. Time trade-off as a measure of health-related quality of life: long bone nonunions have a devastating impact. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2015;97:1406-1410.

O’Connor DP, Mama SK, Adamus HJ, Lee RE. Factorial invariance of the Physical Activity Neighborhood Environment Survey (PANES) among residents of single vs. multi-family housing. Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sports. 2015;86:303-310.

Mama SK, Schembre SM, O’Connor DP, Kaplan CD, Bode S, Lee RE. Effectiveness of a lifestyle intervention to reduce binge eating symptoms in African American and Hispanic women. Appetite. 2015;95:269-274.

Lee RE, Hallett AM, Parker N, Kao D, Modelska M, Rifai H, O’Connor DP. Physical activity policies, resource access, and norms in CORD Communities. Health Behavior and Policy Review. 2015;2:284-295.

Lee RE, Hallett A, Parker N, Kudia O, Kao D, Modelska M, Rifai H, O’Connor DP. Development of the Policy Indicator Checklist: a tool to identify and measure policies for calorie-dense foods and sugar-sweetened beverages across multiple settings. American Journal of Public Health. 2015;105:1036-1043.


B.A. in Human Performance and Health Sciences at Rice University, 1991

M.S. in Physical Therapy at Texas Women's University, 1993

Ph.D. in Kinesiology at University of Houston, 2002