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Dr. Daniel O'Connor

Professor, 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

Active Externally Funded Research

Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute:
Principal Investigator: Clinical and Translational Methods and Outcomes in Orthopedic Surgery (Renewal 2). December 2014 - November 2017 (this project has been continuously funded since 2007). (co-Principal Investigator Mitzi Laughlin)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Cancer Institute (NCI):
Co-Investigator: CMV Infection and NK-Cell Therapy for Multiple Myeloma. October 2016 to September 2017. (Principal Investigator Richard Simpson).

Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT):
Co-Investigator: Taking Texas: Statewide Dissemination of the Taking Texas Tobacco Free Workplace Program. August 2016 to November 2017. (Principal Investigator Lorraine Reitzel).

American Heart Association (AHA):
Co-Investigaor: Elucidating the relationship between cortical hemodynamics and mild cognitive impairment in adults with Type II Diabetes. January 2016 to December 2017. (Principal Investigator Stacey Gorniak).

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS):
Biostatistician: Air Barrier System for the Prevention of Prosthesis-related Infections (SBIR Phase IIb). August 2010 to July 2017. (Principal Investigator Sean Self)


O’Connor DP, Fincher AL. Clinical Pathology for Athletic Trainers: Recognizing Systemic Disease, 3rd ed. (with Instructor’s Manual). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated, 2015.

Recent Publications

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.

Leach HJ, O’Connor DP, Simpson RJ, Rifai H, Mama SK, Lee RE. The built environment for physical activity and prediction of cardiovascular disease risk in African American women: an exploratory decision tree analysis. 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.

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.

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.

Ledoux TA, Leach HA, O’Connor DP, Mama SK, Lee RE. The association of binge eating and neighborhood fast food restaurant availability on diet and weight status. Public Health Nutrition. 2015;18:352-360.

Soltero EG, Hernandez D, O’Connor DP, Lee RE. Does social support mediate the relationship among neighborhood disadvantage, incivilities, crime and physical activity? Preventive Medicine. 2015;72:44-49.

O’Connor DP, Lee RE, Mehta P, Thompson D, Bhargava A, Carlson C, Kao D, Layne CS, Ledoux TL, O’Connor T, Rifai H, Gulley L, Hallett A, Kudia O, Joseph S, Modelska M, Ortega D, Parker N, Stevens A, the CORD team. Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration project: cross-site evaluation methods. Childhood Obesity. 2015;11:92-103.

Artero EG, Jackson AS, Sui X, Lee DC, O’Connor DP, Lavie CJ, Church TS, Blair SN. Longitudinal algorithms to estimate cardiorespiratory fitness: associations with non-fatal cardiovascular disease and disease-specific mortality. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2014;63:2289-2296.

Rodriguez AX, Olvera N, Leung P, O’Connor DP, Smith DW. Association between the summer season and body fatness and aerobic fitness among Hispanic children. Journal of School Health. 2014;84:233-238.

Miller FL, O’Connor DP, Herring MP, Sailors MH, Jackson AS, Dishman RK, Bray MS. Exercise dose, exercise adherence, and associated health outcomes in the TIGER Study. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise. 2014;46:69-75.

Hand G, Shook D, Paluch A, Baruth M, Crowley E, Jaggers J, Prasad V, Hurley T, Hebert J, O'Connor DP, Archer E, Burgess S, Blair S. The Energy Balance Study: the design and baseline results for a longitudinal study of energy balance. Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport. 2013;84:275-286.

O’Connor DP, Brinker MR. Challenges in outcome measurement: clinical research perspective. Symposium: Carl T. Brighton Workshop on Outcome Measures in Orthopaedics. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2013;471:3496-3503.

Jackson AS, Sui X, O’Connor DP, Church TS, Lee D, Artero EG, Blair SN. Longitudinal cardiorespiratory fitness algorithms for clinical settings. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012;43:512-519.

Sui X, Jackson AS, Church TS, Lee D, O’Connor DP, Liu J, Blair SN. Effects of cardiorespiratory fitness on aging: glucose trajectory in a cohort of healthy men. Annals of Epidemiology. 2012;22(9):617-622.

Ledoux TA, Mama SK, O’Connor DP, Adamus HJ, Fraser ML, Lee RE. Home availability and the impact of weekly stressful events are associated with fruit and vegetable intake among African American and Hispanic/Latina women. Journal of Obesity. 2012; Article 737891 [online], doi:10.1155/2012/727891.

McAlexander KM, Mama SK, Medina A, O’Connor DP, Lee RE. Concordance and correlates of direct and indirect built environment measurement among minority women. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2012;26:239-244.

Wilson PL, O’Connor DP, Kaplan CD, Bode S, Mama SK, Lee RE. Relationship of fruit, vegetable, and fat consumption and binge eating symptoms in African American and Hispanic or Latina women. Eating Behaviors. 2012;13:179-182.

Lee RE, Mama SK, Medina AV, Reese-Smith J, Banda JA, Layne CS, Baxter M, O’Connor DP, McNeill L, Estabrooks PA. Multiple measures of physical activity, dietary habits and weight status in African American and Hispanic or Latina Women: The Health Is Power (HIP) Project. Journal of Community Health. 2011;36:1011-1023.

Lopez Y, III, O’Connor DP, Ledoux TA, Lee RE. Analysis of body composition methods in a community sample of African American women. Women & Health. 2011;51:709-723.

Lee RE, Medina AV, Mama SK, Reese-Smith JY, O’Connor DP, Brosnan M, Cubbin C, McMillan T, Estabrooks PA. Health Is Power: an ecological theory-based health intervention for women of color. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2011;32:916-923.

O’Connor DP, Mahar MT, Laughlin MS, Jackson AS. The Bland-Altman method should not be used in regression cross-validation studies. Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport. 2011;82:610-616.

O’Connor DP, Bray MS, McFarlin BK, Sailors MA, Ellis KJ, Jackson AS. Ethnic bias in anthropometric estimates of DXA abdominal fat: the TIGER study. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2011;43:1785-1790.

McAlexander KM, Mama SK, Medina A, O’Connor DP, Lee RE. The concordance of directly and indirectly measured built environment attributes and physical activity adoption. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2011;8:72.

O’Connor DP, Gugenheim JJ. Comparison of measured and parent-reported height and weight in children and adolescents. Obesity. 2011;19:1040-1046.

O’Connor DP, Bray MS, McFarlin BK, Sailors MH, Jackson AS. Equations for estimating DXA percent fat of ethnically diverse young men and women: the TIGER study (NIHMS198772). Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2010;42:1959-1965.


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