Patricia "Patty" O'Grady


(813) 258-7371



401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

PH 407

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
Exceptional Student Education

Career Specialties: An expert in 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, pioneering work in the field. O’Grady’s research and writing focuses on the neuroscience of learning, the emotional correlates of accomplishment and the affective teaching taxonomy of emotional-social learning. Her work was most recently featured in the Association of Supervision and Curriculum (ASCD) Newsletter, Education Update, in an article entitled, "Chasing Happiness." Her new book with Prufrock Press on mindful practice in education is due to publish in 2018.

Professional and Community Activities: O’Grady is frequently an invited presenter and a keynote speaker at professional conferences. Her recent talks include a featured talk at the Learning and Brain Conference (2014, 2017) sponsored by Harvard, Yale and John Hopkins Universities, a keynote speech at the International Young Child Expo (2017) sponsored by Fordham University and the American Psychological Association (2017). She has also presented at the International Positive Education Network Festival (2016), the International Positive Psychology Association (2015, 2016), the Progressive Education Network (2015) and more.

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), Gifted Education International (Sage) and more. 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.

O’Grady is an invited expert blogger for Psychology Today with more than 150,000 visits to her page. She is also a frequent contributor to other public scholarship such as Education Week, an influential newsletter in the field. O’Grady is also an invited expert speaker in the SAGE Publications Psychology Video Series on Positive Psychology distributed internationally (Spring 2016). O’Grady has been invited to conduct professional development throughout the United States, in Tasmania and in Thailand. She also works with local public schools with recent research or training projects at Rampello Downtown Partnership School, MacFarlane Project International Baccalaureate School, Brooks-Debartolo Collegiate High School and more.

O’Grady holds membership in the American Psychological Association, (APA) National Association of School Psychologists, (NASP), International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), International Positive Education Network (IPEN), Progressive Education Network (PEN), National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Honors and Awards: Psi Chi, Kappa Delta Pi and Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Societies
University of Tampa Honors Student Research Mentor Grant Award 2015
University of Tampa Honors Student Research Mentor Grant Award 2014
University of Tampa, Dana Research Grant Award 2010
Kappa Delta Pi Model International Honor Society: Chapter Programming Award 2010
University of Tampa Honors Student Grant Award 2009
University of Tampa Teaching Innovation Award 2008
Barry University Teaching Faculty Award 2007
Barry University Faculty Research Award 2006