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Patricia "Patty" O'Grady


Patricia "Patty" O'Grady

Meet Patricia "Patty" O'Grady

Associate Professor, Education

Education: 1974 University of San Francisco, B.S.
1975 California State University at San Jose, M.S.
1982 University of Maryland College Park , Ph.D.

Courses Taught: Human Development and Learning
Advanced Human Development and Learning
Human Exceptionality
Exceptional Student Learning in the Inclusive Classroom

Numerous other psychological foundation and curriculum courses

Career Specialties: An expert in the area of positive psychology in education, Patty O’Grady’s book, Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom (2013), W.W. Norton & Company, New York, is a foundation work in the field. Her book is currently in Chinese translation. O’Grady’s research and writing focuses on the affective neuroscience of learning and the taxonomy of emotional-social learning. Her interest is building developmental assets that empower all children and youth to excel in learning and life. An expert in the area of positive psychology in education, her research and writing focuses on the neuroscience of learning, the emotional correlates of accomplishment and the affective taxonomy of teaching.

Professional and Community Activities: O’Grady is an expert blogger for Psychology Today and also is a frequent guest blogger for other publications such as Education Week. O’Grady is an invited expert speaker in three educational videos in the upcoming SAGE Psychology Video Series (Fall, 2015).

In addition to her public scholarship, O'Grady has published numerous articles in academic journals including in New Horizons for Learning (John Hopkins University) and the National Teaching and Learning Forum (Jossey-Bass).

She is a popular conference keynote speaker and invited presenter. Most recently, she spoke at the Learning and Brain Conference (San Francisco), the Young Child Expo (New York), World Congress on Positive Psychology (Orlando) and the Progressive Education Network (New York).

O’Grady has been invited to conduct professional development throughout the U.S., in Tasmania and in Thailand. She is currently engaged in international research on developmental assets with the Search Institute and is on the program development advisory board of Positive Edge (UK).

On a local level, O’Grady is currently conducting research on mindfulness for the Hillsborough County School District (HCSD) with other HCSD research proposals in progress.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Association of School Psychologists, International Positive Psychology Association and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Honors and Awards: 2008 The University of Tampa, Teaching Innovation Award
2009 The University of Tampa, Honors Student Research Award
2010 The University of Tampa, Dana Research Grant Award