Edward O’Brien studies social cognition and the general interplay of thinking and feeling, particularly within the domains of enjoyment, wellbeing, and hedonic psychology; perceiving time and change; and perspective taking. His research has been published in Personality and Social Psychology Review, Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. A number of general media outlets have also featured his research, including National Public Radio, the Atlantic, TIME, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and Psychology Today.
O’Brien earned a master’s degree and PhD in social psychology, both from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, O’Brien’s accolades included a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Philip Brickman Memorial Prize for best predoctoral research program, and the Pat Gurin Distinguished Lecture Award. He also received a BS degree, summa cum laude, in psychology from St. Joseph’s University and was the only member of his graduating class elected University Scholar, a distinction based on grades, coursework, research, and extracurricular activity.
O’Brien joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.