Dr Paul O'Connor

B.Sc. M.Sc., Ph.D.

Contact Details

Lecturer In Primary Care
General Practice
Discipline of General Practice
NUI Galway
Distillery Road
Galway

T: 091 492897
E: paul.oconnor@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Paul O’Connor started as a Lecturer in Primary Care in January 2013 after coming to NUI Galway as a Research Methodologist in July 2010.  He is also an Associate Director of the Whitaker Institute. His research is concerned with improving human performance and safety in high risk work environments. He has carried out research in a wide range of high risk industries (e.g. civil aviation, nuclear power generation, offshore oil production), and the military (e.g. aviation, special forces). More recently he has been carrying out research in healthcare with the aim of improving patient safety and quality of care through addressing the human factors that contribute to poor performance.

He is leading a project to develop an wiki-based database of social science research tools called the Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences (MIDSS; more information is at www.midss.org).

He was awarded a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen in 2002, M.Sc. in Research Methods in Psychology from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 1997, and B.Sc.(Hons) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1996. His research is concerned with human performance in high risk work domains with a focus on patient safety, human factors and human error. 

Prior to coming to NUIG served as an Assistant Professor in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, Instructor in aviation psychology and human factors at the Navy/Marine Corps School of Aviation Safety, Pensacola, Florida, Research Psychologist and Experimental Diver at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, Florida, and Research Assistant at Aberdeen University .

He has authored more than 80 publications, including two books (Safety at the Sharp End, and Human Performance Enhancements in High-risk Environments). He is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He is a reviewer for a number of other healthcare, human factors and safety journals.

Paul O’Connor started as a Lecturer in Primary Care in January 2013 after coming to NUI Galway as a Research Methodologist in July 2010.  He is also an Associate Director of the Whitaker Institute. His research is concerned with improving human performance and safety in high risk work environments. He has carried out research in a wide range of high risk industries (e.g. civil aviation, nuclear power generation, offshore oil production), and the military (e.g. aviation, special forces). More recently he has been carrying out research in healthcare with the aim of improving patient safety and quality of care through addressing the human factors that contribute to poor performance.

He is leading a project to develop an wiki-based database of social science research tools called the Measurement Instrument Database for the Social Sciences (MIDSS; more information is at www.midss.org).

He was awarded a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen in 2002, M.Sc. in Research Methods in Psychology from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 1997, and B.Sc.(Hons) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1996. His research is concerned with human performance in high risk work domains with a focus on patient safety, human factors and human error. 

Prior to coming to NUIG served as an Assistant Professor in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, Instructor in aviation psychology and human factors at the Navy/Marine Corps School of Aviation Safety, Pensacola, Florida, Research Psychologist and Experimental Diver at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, Florida, and Research Assistant at Aberdeen University .

He has authored more than 80 publications, including two books (Safety at the Sharp End, and Human Performance Enhancements in High-risk Environments). He is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He is a reviewer for a number of other healthcare, human factors and safety journals.

Research Interests

  • Patient safety
  • Human factors
  • Nontechnical skills
  • Human performance in high risk work environments
  • Medical simulation
  • Team training
  • Training evaluation
  • Mishap investigation
  • Safety climate/culture
 

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
A Moment for Hand Hygiene in the Intensive Care Unit: How Can Compliance be Improved? 01-MAY-16 30-APR-19

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Sinead Lydon feasibility study of the effectiveness of an intervention designed to improve Safety climate in Primary Care Post Doctoral Researcher Health Research Board (HRB)
Ciara Curren measuring and improving patient safety in primary care Research Fellow Other

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'A mixed-methods study of the causes and impact of poor teamwork between junior doctors and nurses'
O’Connor, P, O’Dea, A., Lydon, S., Offiah, G Scott, J., Flannery, A., Lang, B., Hoban, A. Armstrong, C., Byrne, D (2016) 'A mixed-methods study of the causes and impact of poor teamwork between junior doctors and nurses'. International Journal For Quality In Health Care, [Details]
(2016) 'The Irish national adverse events study: the frequency and nature of adverse events in acute Irish hospitals'
Rafter, N., Hickey, A., Conroy, R., Condell, S., O’Connor, P., Vaughan, D., Walsh, G., & Williams, D. (2016) 'The Irish national adverse events study: the frequency and nature of adverse events in acute Irish hospitals'. Bmj Quality & Safety, [Details]
(2016) 'Prevalence of burnout among Irish general practitioners: a cross-sectional study'
O'Dea, B; Murphy, AW; Lydon, S; O'Connor, P (2016) 'Prevalence of burnout among Irish general practitioners: a cross-sectional study'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, [Details]
(2015) 'Impact of working 48 hours per week on opportunities for training and patient contact: the experience of Irish interns'
O’Connor, P., Ahern, B., Moloney, B., Lydon, S., & Bryne, D (2015) 'Impact of working 48 hours per week on opportunities for training and patient contact: the experience of Irish interns'. International Journal For Quality In Health Care, [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'A Mixed-methods Investigation of Health Professionals’ Perceptions of a Physiological Track and Trigger System'
Lydon, S., Byrne, Offiah, G., Gleeson, L., O’Connor, P (2015) 'A Mixed-methods Investigation of Health Professionals’ Perceptions of a Physiological Track and Trigger System'. Bmj Quality & Safety, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) 'Medical speciality choices: Does personality matter?'
Lydon, S., O’Connor, P., McVeigh, T., Offiah, G., Byrne, D. (2015) 'Medical speciality choices: Does personality matter?'. Irish Medical Journal, 108 (3):75-78 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) 'Adverse events in healthcare: learning from mistake'
Rafter, N., Hickey, A., Condell, R., Conroy, R., O’Connor, P., Vaughan, D., Williams, D. (2015) 'Adverse events in healthcare: learning from mistake'. Qjm-An International Journal Of Medicine, 108 (4):273-277 [Details]
(2015) 'An evaluation of the use of deliberate practice and simulation to train interns in requesting blood products'
Joyce, K., Byrne, D., O’Connor, P., Lydon, S., Kerin, M. (2015) 'An evaluation of the use of deliberate practice and simulation to train interns in requesting blood products'. Simulation in Healthcare, 10 (2):92-97 [Details]
(2014) 'A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of crew resource management training in acute care domains'
O'Dea A, O'Connor P, Keogh I (2014) 'A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of crew resource management training in acute care domains'. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 90 (1070):699-708 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Interns and their smartphones: use for clinical practice'
O'Connor, P,Byrne, D,Butt, M,Offiah, G,Lydon, S,Mc Inerney, K,Stewart, B,Kerin, MJ (2014) 'Interns and their smartphones: use for clinical practice'. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 90 :75-79 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'The Deepwater Horizon explosion: Non-technical skills, safety culture, and system complexity'
Reader, T. & O’Connor, P. (2014) 'The Deepwater Horizon explosion: Non-technical skills, safety culture, and system complexity'. Journal of Risk Research, 17 (3):405-424 [Details]
(2013) 'Excuse me: teaching junior doctors to speak up'
O’Connor, P., Bryne, D., O’Dea, A., & Kerin, M (2013) 'Excuse me: teaching junior doctors to speak up'. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 39 (9):426-431 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) 'Surgical checklists: the human factor'
O'Connor P, Reddin C, O'Sullivan M, O'Duffy F, Keogh I (2013) 'Surgical checklists: the human factor'. Patient safety in surgery, 7 (1) [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Preparing New Doctors for Clinical Practice: An Evaluation of Pre-Internship Training'
Byrne, D., O'Connor, P., Lydon, S. (2012) 'Preparing New Doctors for Clinical Practice: An Evaluation of Pre-Internship Training'. Irish Medical Journal, 105 (10):328-330 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'An assessment of stress in Irish interns'
O'Connor P, Byrne D, Kerin M, Lydon S (2012) 'An assessment of stress in Irish interns'. Medical Teacher, 34 (5) [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'An evaluation of the effectiveness of the U.S Navy’s crew resource management program'
O’Connor, P., Jones, D., McCauley, M., & Buttrey, S (2012) 'An evaluation of the effectiveness of the U.S Navy’s crew resource management program'. International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 1 (1):21-40 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Addressing human error within the Irish healthcare system'
O'Connor, P. & Keogh, I. (2011) 'Addressing human error within the Irish healthcare system'. Irish Medical Journal, 104 (1):5-6 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Stress training enhances novice pilot performance in stressful operational flights'
McClernon, C.K., McCauley, M., O'Connor, P., Warm, J.S. (2011) 'Stress training enhances novice pilot performance in stressful operational flights'. Human Factors, 53 (3):207-218 [Details]
(2011) 'Measuring safety climate in aviation: A review and recommendations for the future'
O'Connor, P.,O'Dea, A.,Kennedy, Q.,Buttrey, S. E. (2011) 'Measuring safety climate in aviation: A review and recommendations for the future'. Safety Science, 49 (22):128-138 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Evaluation of a Human Factors Analysis and Classification System as Used by Simulated Mishap Boards'
O'Connor, P,Walker, P (2011) 'Evaluation of a Human Factors Analysis and Classification System as Used by Simulated Mishap Boards'. Aviation Space And Environmental Medicine, 82 :44-48 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'An evaluation of the effectiveness of bridge resource management training'
O'Connor, P. (2011) 'An evaluation of the effectiveness of bridge resource management training'. International Journal Of Aviation Psychology, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Evaluation of a Human Factors Analysis and Classification System Used by Trained Raters'
O'Connor, P,Walliser, J,Philips, E (2010) 'Evaluation of a Human Factors Analysis and Classification System Used by Trained Raters'. Aviation Space And Environmental Medicine, 81 :957-960 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'A Comparison of Leading and Lagging Indicators of Safety In Naval Aviation'
O'Connor, P., Alton, J., & Cowan, S. (2010) 'A Comparison of Leading and Lagging Indicators of Safety In Naval Aviation'. Aviation Space And Environmental Medicine, 81 :677-682 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Torso heating of divers in cold water'
O'Connor, P., Hyde, D., & Clarke, J. (2009) 'Torso heating of divers in cold water'. Aviation, Space And Environmental Medicine, 80 :603-609 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'Identifying the team skills required by nuclear operations personnel'
O'Connor, P., O'Dea, A., & Flin, R. (2008) 'Identifying the team skills required by nuclear operations personnel'. International Journal Of Industrial Ergonomics, 38 :1028-1037 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'HFACS with an additional level of granularity: validity and utility in accident analysis'
O'Connor, P. (2008) 'HFACS with an additional level of granularity: validity and utility in accident analysis'. Aviation, Space And Environmental Medicine, 79 :599-606 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'Crew resource management training effectiveness: A meta-analysis and some critical needs'
O’Connor, P., Campbell, J., Newon, J., Melton, J., Salas, E., & Wilson, K (2008) 'Crew resource management training effectiveness: A meta-analysis and some critical needs'. International Journal Of Aviation Psychology, 18 (4):353-368 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2007) 'The U.S. Navy's aviation safety program: A critical review'
O'Connor, Paul,O'Dea, Angela (2007) 'The U.S. Navy's aviation safety program: A critical review'. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, .7 (22) [Details]
(2007) 'A methodology for identifying human error in U.S. Navy diving accidents'
O'Connor, P., O'Dea, A., & Melton, J. (2007) 'A methodology for identifying human error in U.S. Navy diving accidents'. Human Factors, 49 (2):214-226 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2007) 'The nontechnical causes of diving accidents: Can U.S. Navy divers learn from other industries?'
O'Connor, P. (2007) 'The nontechnical causes of diving accidents: Can U.S. Navy divers learn from other industries?'. Journal Of The Undersea And Hyperbaric Medical Society, 34 (1):51-59 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2003) 'Crew resource management training for offshore teams'
O'Connor, P., Flin, R. (2003) 'Crew resource management training for offshore teams'. Safety Science, 41 (7):591-609 [Details]
(2002) 'Crew resource management: Improving safety in high reliability industries'
Flin, R., O’Connor, P., & Mearns, K. (2002) 'Crew resource management: Improving safety in high reliability industries'. Team Performance Management, 8 (3/4):68-78 [Details]
(2002) 'Methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of CRM training: A literature review'
O'Connor, P., Flin, R., & Fletcher, G. (2002) 'Methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of CRM training: A literature review'. Journal Of Human Factors And Aerospace Safety, 2 (3):217-234 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2002) 'Developing a method for evaluating CRM skills: A European perspective'
O'Connor, P., Hörmann, H.-J., Flin, R., Lodge, M., Goeters, K.M., & the JARTEL group. (2002) 'Developing a method for evaluating CRM skills: A European perspective'. International Journal Of Aviation Psychology, 12 (3):263-286 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2002) 'Methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of CRM training: A survey of UK aviation operators'
O'Connor, P., Flin, R., Fletcher, G., & Hemsley, P. (2002) 'Methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of CRM training: A survey of UK aviation operators'. Journal Of Human Factors And Aerospace Safety, 2 (3):235-256 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2001) 'Sharing worlds of risk: Improving communication with crew resource management'
Mearns, K., Flin, R., & O’Connor, P (2001) 'Sharing worlds of risk: Improving communication with crew resource management'. Journal of Risk Research, 4 (4):377-392 [Details]
(2000) 'Safety climate: Identifying the common features'
Flin, R., Mearns, K., O’Connor, P., & Bryden, R. (2000) 'Safety climate: Identifying the common features'. Safety Science, 34 :177-192 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2008) Safety at the Sharp End: Training Non-technical Skills.
Flin, R., O'Connor, P., & Crichton, M. (2008) Safety at the Sharp End: Training Non-technical Skills. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Aviation mishap prevention and investigations: The expanding role of aviation psychologists'
Walker, P., O’Connor, P., Little, W. (2013) 'Aviation mishap prevention and investigations: The expanding role of aviation psychologists' In: Aeromedical Psychology. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. [Details]
(2010) 'The U.S. Navy's Crew Resource Management program: the past, present, and recommendations for the future'
O Connor, P.; Hahn, R. ; Salas, E. (2010) 'The U.S. Navy's Crew Resource Management program: the past, present, and recommendations for the future' In: Human Performance Enhancements in High-Risk Environments: Insights Developments, and Future Directions from Military Research. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- Clio: ABC- Clio. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Enhancing human performance in high reliability organizations: learning from the military'
O'Connor, P., & Cohn, J. (2010) 'Enhancing human performance in high reliability organizations: learning from the military' In: Human Performance Enhancements in High-Risk Environments: Insights Developments, and Future Directions from Military Research. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio. [Details]
(2010) 'Coping with stress in military aviation: A review of the research'
Campbell, J., O Connor, P. (2010) 'Coping with stress in military aviation: A review of the research' In: Human Performance Enhancements in High-Risk Environments: Insights Developments, and Future Directions from Military Research. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- Clio: [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'The military perspective'
O Connor, P., Hahn, R., & Nullemeyer, R. (2010) 'The military perspective' In: Crew Resource Management. San Diego. CA: Elsevier: [Details]
(2004) 'JAR-TEL results: Interrater reliabilities, sensitivity and acceptability of the NOTECHS method'
O Connor, P. (2004) 'JAR-TEL results: Interrater reliabilities, sensitivity and acceptability of the NOTECHS method' In: Aviation Psychology: Practice and Research. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. [Details]
(2001) 'Applying crew resource management on offshore oil platforms'
Flin, R., O Connor, P. (2001) 'Applying crew resource management on offshore oil platforms' In: Improving Teamwork in Organizations: Applications of Resource Management Training. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2014) Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare
Henrickson Parker, S., Manser, T, Yule, S., O'Connor, P., Fernandez, R. (2014) Effective team processes in emergency simulation scenarios Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare San Francisco, California, [Details]
(2014) Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting
McVeigh, T. O’Connor, P. Malone, C., & Byrne, D (2014) Increasing medical students exposure to surgery using a simsurgical special study module Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting Belfast, UK, [Details]
(2014) Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting
McAllister, M., O’Connor, P., Reynolds, O., McVeigh, T. & Byrne. D. (2014) Are new interns ready and able to perform basic procedural skills? Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting Belfast, UK, [Details]
(2014) Irish Congress of Anaesthetists
O’Connor, P. (2014) Reducing risk in healthcare: one size does not fit all Irish Congress of Anaesthetists [Details]
(2014) Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting
McVeigh, T. O’Connor, P. Malone, C., & Byrne, D. (2014) A cost analysis of task based training for four basic procedural skills performed by interns Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting Belfast, UK, [Details]
(2014) Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting
O’Connor, P., O’Dea, A., McVeigh, T, Keogh, I. (2014) A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of team training in healthcare domains Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting Belfast, UK, [Details]
(2014) Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting
O’Connor, P., Ahern, S., Moloney , B., Lydon, S., McVeigh, T., & Byrne, D. (2014) A time use diary study of intern Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting Belfast, UK, [Details]
(2013) Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Conference
O’Connor, P., Byrne, D., Butt, M., Offiah, G., Lydon, S., Mc Inerney, K., Stewart, B. & Kerin, M.J. (2013) A survey of smartphone use by junior doctors: What are the implications? Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Conference [Details]
(2013) 3rd National Patient Safety Conference
O’Connor, P., Reddin, C., O’Sullivan, M., O’Duffy, F. & Keogh, I. (2013) Surgical checklists: the human factor 3rd National Patient Safety Conference Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
(2013) International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, Baltimore, USA
O'Connor, P., O'Dea, A. & Keogh, I. (2013) Is crew resource management training effective in healthcare settings? International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, Baltimore, USA Baltimore, MD, USA, [Details]
(2013) International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care
O'Connor, P., Byrne, D, O'Dea, A., Kerin, M. (2013) Excuse Me: Teaching Junior Doctors to Speak Up International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care Baltimore, MD, [Details]
(2012) Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting
O’Connor, P Byrne, D., Lyden, S., & Kerin, M. (2012) An Assessment of Stress in Irish Interns Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
(2012) Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting
McWeeney, O., Byrne, D., O’Connor, P Lyden, S., & Kerin, M (2012) An Evaluation of a Medico-Legal Training Workshop for Intern Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
(2012) Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting
O’Connor, P Byrne, D., & Kerin, M (2012) Human Factors for Interns: An Initial Evaluation of a Team Training Course Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
(2012) Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting
Byrne, D., Stewart, B., O’Connor, P., Lyden, S., & Kerin, M. (2012) Preparing New Doctors for Clinical Practice: An Evaluation of Pre-Internship Training Irish Network of Medical Educators Annual Scientific Meeting [Details]
(2012) Association from Simulated Practice in Healthcare Annual Conference
Byrne, D., O’Connor, P, Stewart, B, & Kerin, M. (2012 November). The use of virtual patient journeys to train junior doctors. In Proceedings of the Association from Simulated Practice in Healthcare Annual Conference, Oxford, England. (2012) The use of virtual patient journeys to train junior doctors Association from Simulated Practice in Healthcare Annual Conference Oxford, England, [Details]
(2012) International Association for Medical Education Annual Conference
Byrne, D., Stewart, B., O’Connor, P., Lydon, S., & Kerin, M. (2012) Preparing new graduates for clinical practice: An evaluation of pre-internship training International Association for Medical Education Annual Conference [Details]
(2011) Irish Otoloaryngological Society Conference
Ryan, S , O’Connor, P., Keogh, I. (2011) A comparison of the teamwork attitudes and knowledge of Irish surgeons and U.S. Naval aviators Irish Otoloaryngological Society Conference Killarney, Ireland, [Details]
(2011) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference
O’Connor, P. Reader, T., Salas, E, Yule, S., Sundt, T. Musson, D. & Wiegmann, D. (2011) Techniques for improving the performance of health care teams: learning from aviation and other HROs Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference Las Vegas, NV, [Details]
(2011) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference
O’Connor, P., Buttrey, S., O’Dea, A., & Kennedy, Q (2011) An assessment of safety climate in U.S. Naval aviation Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference [Details]
(2011) European Congress of Sports Medicine
Lundon, D., McDermott, A., Kirwan, J., Kelly, B., Newell, M., O’Connor, P. (2011) A prospective cohort study and analysis of psychological predictors for exercise related injuries in the Irish Permanent Defence Forces Cadet School European Congress of Sports Medicine Salzberg, Austria, [Details]
(2011) Irish Academy of Management conference
O’Connor, P., Buttrey, S., O’Dea, A.,, & Kennedy, Q (2011) Identifying and addressing the limitations of safety climate surveys: Lessons for organisational researchers Irish Academy of Management conference Dublin, [Details]
(2011) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference
Walker, P., O’Connor, P., Phillips, H., Hahn, R., & Dalitsch, W. (2011) Evaluating the utility of DoD HFACS using lifted probabilities Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference Las Vegas, NV, [Details]
(2010) Stress and Anxiety Research Conference
O'Connor, P., Campbell. J. (2010) Stress coping in military aviators Stress and Anxiety Research Conference Galway, Ireland, [Details]
(2010) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference
McClernon, C.K., McCauley, M.E., O Connor, P., Warm, J.S. (2010) Stress training enhances pilot performance during a stressful flying task Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference [Details]
(2009) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference
O'Connor, P. &Jones, D. (2009) The crew resource management attitudes of U.S. Naval aviators Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference San Antonio, TX, [Details]
(2008) The attitudes of U.S Navy divers towards the nontechnical skills required for safe and productive diving operations
O Connor, P., Melton, J. (2008) Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine Annual Conference The attitudes of U.S Navy divers towards the nontechnical skills required for safe and productive diving operations Boston, Massachusetts, [Details]
(2008) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference
O Connor, P. (2008) The cognitive and physiological effects of heating the torso of a submerged diver Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference New York, NY, [Details]
(2006) Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Meeting
O'Connor, P. & Muller, M. (2006) A novel human factors training curriculum for U.S Navy diving Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Meeting Orlando, Florida, [Details]
(2006) Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Meeting
Melton, J & O'Connor, P. (2006) A meta-analysis of the long-term neurological effects of diving Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Meeting Orlando, FL, [Details]
(2005) The Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments conference
Melton, J & O'Connor, P. (2005) Neuropsychological performance at 4 and 19 ATA during a saturation dive The Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments conference Orlando, Florida, [Details]
(2005) Human Performance in Extreme Environments conference
O'Connor, P. & Melton, J. (2005) The human factors causes of Navy diving accidents Human Performance in Extreme Environments conference Orlando, Florida, [Details]
(2004) Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Meeting
O Connor, P. (2004) The human factors causes of U.S. Navy diving accidents Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Meeting Sydney, Australia, [Details]
(2003) 5th Australian Industrial/Organisational conference
Yule, S., O'Connor, P., & Flin, R. (2003) Testing the structure of a generic safety climate survey instrument 5th Australian Industrial/Organisational conference Melbourne, Australia, [Details]
(2003) Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Aviation Psychology
O'Connor, P., Flin, R., & Fletcher, R. (2003) Evaluation the effectiveness of Crew Resource Management training: A survey of UK operators . In: R. Jensen eds. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Aviation Psychology OH: Ohio State University, [Details]
(2001) Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Aviation Psychology
O Connor, P., Hörmann, H.-J. & The JARTEL consortium (2001) The evaluation of CRM skills: A European perspective . In: R. Jensen eds. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Aviation Psychology OH: Ohio State University, [Details]
(2001) British Psychological Society Centenary Conference
O'Connor, P. (2001) Evaluating pilots' non-technical skills British Psychological Society Centenary Conference Glasgow, Scotland, [Details]
(2000) SPE International conference on health, safety, and the environment
Miles, R. & O' Connor, P. (2000) CRM training for UK offshore safety inspectors SPE International conference on health, safety, and the environment Stavanger, Norway, [Details]
(2000) European Association of Aviation Psychology
O'Connor, P. (2000) Inter-rater reliabilities, sensitivity and acceptability of the NOTECHS method European Association of Aviation Psychology Crieff, Scotland, [Details]
(1999) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference
Flin, R. & O'Connor, P. (1999) Crew resource management for offshore operations Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference Houston, Tx, [Details]
(1999) Offshore Europe Conference
Flin, R., O'Connor, P., Mearns, K., Gordon, R. (1999) Crew resource management for offshore production and maintenance Offshore Europe Conference Aberdeen, Scotland, [Details]
(1998) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference
Bryden, R., O'Connor, P., Flin, R. (1998) Developing CRM for offshore oil platforms Human Factors and Ergonomics Society conference Chicago, [Details]
(1998) Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Flin, R., O'Connor, P., Mearns, K., Gordon, R. (1998) Crew resource management for offshore teams: Lessons from aviation Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Caracas, Venezuela, [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2011) An assessment of the relationship between safety climate and mishap risk in U.S. Naval aviation.
O’Connor, P, Buttrey, S., O’Dea, A., & Kennedy, Q. (2011) An assessment of the relationship between safety climate and mishap risk in U.S. Naval aviation. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. [Details]
(2010) Nontechnical skills for Officers of the Deck (NTSOD) rating form: A user's guide.
Long, W.M., O'Connor, P., McCauley M. (2010) Nontechnical skills for Officers of the Deck (NTSOD) rating form: A user's guide. Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. [Details]
(2010) An evaluation of the construct validity of the command safety assessment survey.
Butterey, S. , O'Dea, O'Connor, P., Kennedy, Q. (2010) An evaluation of the construct validity of the command safety assessment survey. . [Details]
(2010) A review of the safety climate literature as it relates to Naval aviation.
O'Dea, A., O'Connor, P., Kennedy, Q., & Butterey, S. (2010) A review of the safety climate literature as it relates to Naval aviation. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. [Details]
(2006) Submerged manned testing of the prototype Hydrotech heating system.
O Connor, P., Hyde, D., Economos, D., & Beck, R. (2006) Submerged manned testing of the prototype Hydrotech heating system. Naval Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, FL. [Details]
(2005) Testing of a prototype special operations gas mask.
Clarke, J. & O'Connor, P. (2005) Testing of a prototype special operations gas mask. Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, FL. [Details]
(2005) An investigation of the nontechnical skills required to maximize the safety and productivity of U.S. Navy divers.
O'Connor, P. (2005) An investigation of the nontechnical skills required to maximize the safety and productivity of U.S. Navy divers. Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, FL. [Details]
(2005) A Navy diving supervisor's guide to nontechnical skills required for safe and productive diving operations.
O'Connor, P. (2005) A Navy diving supervisor's guide to nontechnical skills required for safe and productive diving operations. Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, FL. [Details]
(2005) A Navy diving supervisor’s guide to nontechnical skills required for safe and productive diving operations.
O'Connor, P. (2005) A Navy diving supervisor’s guide to nontechnical skills required for safe and productive diving operations. Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, FL. [Details]
(2004) Preliminary evaluation of the aqua lung compact oxygen diving equipment (C.O.D.E.) underwater breathing apparatus (UBA - Phase II: Manned testing in the test pool and ocean simulation facility.
Hennessey, P., Melton, J., O Connor, P. (2004) Preliminary evaluation of the aqua lung compact oxygen diving equipment (C.O.D.E.) underwater breathing apparatus (UBA - Phase II: Manned testing in the test pool and ocean simulation facility. Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, FL. [Details]
(2003) Factoring the human into safety translating research into practice. Volume 2: The development and evaluation of a human factors accident and near miss reporting form for the offshore oil industry.
Mearns, K., Whitaker, S., Flin, R., Gordon, R., O'Connor, P. (2003) Factoring the human into safety translating research into practice. Volume 2: The development and evaluation of a human factors accident and near miss reporting form for the offshore oil industry. Her Majesty’s stationary office, Norwich, England. [Details]
(2003) Factoring the human into safety translating research into practice Volume 3: Crew resource management training for offshore operations.
Mearns, K., Whitaker, S., Flin, R., Gordon, R., & O’Connor, P. (2003) Factoring the human into safety translating research into practice Volume 3: Crew resource management training for offshore operations. Her Majesty’s stationary office, Norwich, England. [Details]
(2003) Development of exposure guidance for warm water diving: Volume 2 - System for investigation of divers' behavior at depth (SINDBAD and special operations forces (SOF mission-related performance measures (MRPM ).
Long, E. T., O'Connor, P., Liberatore, T.A. (2003) Development of exposure guidance for warm water diving: Volume 2 - System for investigation of divers' behavior at depth (SINDBAD and special operations forces (SOF mission-related performance measures (MRPM ). Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, FL. [Details]
(2003) Factoring the human into safety translating research into practice. Volume 1: Benchmarking human and organisational factors in offshore safety.
Mearns, K., Whitaker, S., Flin, R., Gordon, R., O'Connor, P. (2003) Factoring the human into safety translating research into practice. Volume 1: Benchmarking human and organisational factors in offshore safety. Her majesty's Stationary Office, Norwich, England. [Details]
(2003) Development of exposure guidance for warm water diving: Volume 1 - physiology and endurance.
Long, E. T., O'Connor, P., Liberatore, T.A. (2003) Development of exposure guidance for warm water diving: Volume 1 - physiology and endurance. Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, FL. [Details]
(2003) Methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of flightcrew CRM training in the UK aviation industry.
O'Connor, P., Flin, R., Fletcher, G. & Hemsley, P. (2003) Methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of flightcrew CRM training in the UK aviation industry. Civil Aviation Authority, London. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2010) Human Performance Enhancements in High-Risk Environments: Insights Developments, and Future Directions from Military Research.
O'Connor, P. & Cohen, J (Ed.). (2010) Human Performance Enhancements in High-Risk Environments: Insights Developments, and Future Directions from Military Research Human Performance Enhancements in High-Risk Environments: Insights Developments, and Future Directions from Military Research. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio. [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Member /
British Psychological Society Chartered Member /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Lecturer in Primary Care 01-JAN-13 /
Naval Postgraduate School Military Assistant Professor 01-JUL-08 / 30-JUN-10
Aberdeen University Research Assistant 01-SEP-98 / 01-MAR-02
Navy Experimental Diving Unit Research Psychologist 01-SEP-02 / 01-SEP-05
Navy/Marine Corps School of Aviation Safety Lead Human Factors/Psychology Instructor 01-MAY-06 / 01-JUN-08
NUI Galway Senior Research Methodologist 01-JUL-10 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1996 University of Aberdeen BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Psychology
1997 Strathclyde University MASTERS OF SCIENCE Research Methods in Psychology
2002 Aberdeen University PhD Psychology

Reviews

  Journal Role
Safety Science Reviewer
International Journal Of Aviation Psychology Editor

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate courses taught
  • Patient safety to medical students
  • Contributor to both Surgical and Obstetrics Special Studies modules  for medical students
Postgraduate courses taught
  • Professional development: publishing research and preparing for the job market for PhD students
  • Research methods on a Masters in Clinical Education
  • Human factors and patient safety on a Masters in Surgery
  • Healthcare simulation on a Certificate in Clinical Education
  • Clinical tutor responsible for delivering human factors training to doctor interns in the West North West intern training network.
  • Training and simulation on a Certificate on Healthcare Simulation