Daniel P. O'Connor, Ph.D.


     College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences



     Health and Human Performance


Fellow, HEALTH Research Institute

Faculty Senate President, 2018


University of Houston

3855 Holman St, GAR 104

Houston, TX 77204-6015




Curriculum Vitae

PubMed Bibliography

Google Scholar Profile


Interdisciplinary Health Research

The most important scientific questions about health and wellness cannot be investigated adequately by a single discipline or academic department. I have collaborated on research studies, scientific articles, presentations, grants, and proposals with more than 100 investigators from many different institutions, scientific disciplines, and health professions. See my PubMed or Google Scholar profiles to see the scope of work and collaborators.

Specific areas of interest:

·       Evaluating and explaining individual variation in health outcomes and health-related quality of life.

·       Contextual effects: how characteristics of the social and physical environments and systems affect health.

·       Physical activity, exercise, anthropometry, obesity, surgery & rehabilitation outcomes, health and wellness, quality of life.


Externally Funded Research

As Principal Investigator I have been awarded $7.7 million in external funding since 2007 (8 awards), and I have participated as a co-investigator in research funded by an additional $10 million in external awards (23 awards) in that time. Sponsoring agencies have included CDC, NASA, NIH, U.S. Department of Education, and private and public foundations.

Selected projects:

United Health Foundation

·       Co-Principal Investigator (with Ezemenari Obasi): A Community Collaborative for Preventing and Treating Obesity in Underserved Communities in Houston. January 2017 - December 2020. (co-Principal Investigator Ezemenari M. Obasi)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

·       Co-Investigator: CMV Infection and NK-Cell Therapy for Multiple Myeloma. (Principal Investigator Richard Simpson).

·       Co-Investigator: U-HAND (University of Houston /MD Anderson) Program to Reduce Cancer Disparities. (Principal Investigator Lorraine Reitzel).

·       Consultant: Food environment measurement with people with mobility impairments. (Principal Investigator Rebecca E. Lee).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

·       Principal Investigator: Best Evaluation Tools and Techniques for Effective Recommendations for Policies (BETTER Policies). October 2011 to September 2016.

Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

·       Co-Investigator: Taking Texas Tobacco Free Through a Sustainable Education/Training Program Designed for Personnel Addressing Tobacco Control in Behavioral Health Settings.. September 2020 to August 2022. (Principal Investigator Lorraine Reitzel).

·       Co-Investigator: Taking Texas Tobacco Free: Increasing Tobacco Cessation in Substance Use Treatment Centers via an Evidence-Based, Comprehensive Tobacco-Free Workplace Program. September 2017 to August 2020. (Principal Investigator Lorraine Reitzel).



 Get moving!”

        —Andrew S. “Tony” Jackson