Patty O'Grady, Ph.D. is a Professor at the University of Tampa where she teaches human development courses. She is an expert in the area of neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology with special attention to the educational arena. She brings more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, psychologist, researcher, author, and trainer to her work.
Dr. O'Grady's recent book, Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom, published by W. W. Norton & Company (2013), is a manual for teachers who want to join the positive psychology classroom movement. She focuses on the promise and power of positive psychology to transform teaching and learning.
Dr. O'Grady also writes frequently for academic journals and is a popular speaker. Most recently, she has presented her work most recently at the Learning and Brain Conference (2014) in San Francisco and the Young Child Expo (2015) in New York and the World Congress on Positive Psychology in Orlando (2015).
Over the years, Dr. O'Grady focused her work on helping educators better understand and promote the neuro-affective aspects of learning and accomplishment. She is committed to insuring that educators nurture the developmental assets that predict student success, understand the importance of affective learning, and promote the school positive psychology movement with an emphasis on preventative mental health.
Dr. O'Grady earned her PhD in education and psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park and her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of San Francisco. She is a member of a number of professional associations including the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD), and honor societies including Alpha Sigma Nu, Psi Chi, and Kappa Delta Pi. She has received numerous awards for her work.