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

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
General Practice
School of Medicine
Clinical Science Inst
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 2897
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.

Research Interests

 

Research Projects

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

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Caoimhe Madden Feasibility study of the effectiveness of an intervention designed to improve Safety climate in Primary Care Research Assistant Health Research Board (HRB)
Fergal Connolly National Doctor Training and Planning Research Assistant Other
Dr Sinead Lydon A Moment for Hand Hygiene Post Doctoral Researcher Health Research Board (HRB)
Susan Fox National Doctor Training and Planning Research Assistant Other Government
Chloe Walsh National Doctor Training and Planning Research Assistant Other Government
Dr Ciara Curren Measuring and improving patient safety in primary care Research Fellow Other

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'A mixed method, multi-perspective evaluation of a near peer teaching programme'
Lydon, S., O’Connor, P., Mongan, O., Gorecka, M., McVicker, L., Stankard, A., & Byrne, D. (2017) 'A mixed method, multi-perspective evaluation of a near peer teaching programme'. Postgraduate Medical Journal, [Details]
(2017) 'A systematic review of primary care safety climate survey instruments: their origins, psychometric properties, quality and usage'
Curren, C. , Lydon, S., Kelly, M., Murphy, A. W., Walsh, C., & O’Connor, P. (2017) 'A systematic review of primary care safety climate survey instruments: their origins, psychometric properties, quality and usage'. Journal of Patient Safety, [Details]
(2017) 'A systematic review of measurement tools for the proactive assessment of patient safety in general practice'
Lydon, S., Cupples, M., Murphy, A. W., Hart, N., & O’Connor, P. (2017) 'A systematic review of measurement tools for the proactive assessment of patient safety in general practice'. Journal of Patient Safety, [Details]
(2017) 'A longitudinal and multi-centre study of burnout and error in Irish junior doctors'
O’Connor, P, Lydon, S., O’Dea, A., Hehir, L., Offiah, G., Vellinga, A., & Byrne, D. A. (2017) 'A longitudinal and multi-centre study of burnout and error in Irish junior doctors'. Postgraduate Medical Journal, [Details]
(2017) 'Preliminary evaluation of the efficacy of an intervention incorporating precision teaching to train procedural skills among final cycle medical students'
Lydon, S; Burns, N; Healy, O; O'Connor, P; Reid McDermott, B; Byrne, D (2017) 'Preliminary evaluation of the efficacy of an intervention incorporating precision teaching to train procedural skills among final cycle medical students'. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, [DOI] [Details]
(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, 28 (3):339-345 [Details]
(2016) 'Is there a risk profile for the vulnerable junior doctor?'
Byrne, D,Buttrey, S,Carberry, C,Lydon, S,O'Connor, P (2016) 'Is there a risk profile for the vulnerable junior doctor?'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, 185 :603-609 [DOI] [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]
(2016) 'The SAfety Climate in Primary Care (SAP-C) Study: Study protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study'
Lydon, S., Murphy, A., Cupples, M., Hart, N., Faherty, A., & O’Connor, P. (2016) 'The SAfety Climate in Primary Care (SAP-C) Study: Study protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study'. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 2 (56) [Details]
(2016) 'Supporting transitions in medical career pathways: the role of simulation-based education'
Cleland, J. Patey, R., Thomas, I. , Walker, K., O'Connor, P., Russ, S. (2016) 'Supporting transitions in medical career pathways: the role of simulation-based education'. Advances in Simulation, [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) '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, (25):688-695 [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) '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]
(2013) 'A comparison of the teamwork attitudes and knowledge of Irish surgeons and U.S. Naval aviators'
O’Connor, P., Ryan, S, & Keogh, I (2013) 'A comparison of the teamwork attitudes and knowledge of Irish surgeons and U.S. Naval aviators'. Journal Of The Royal College Of Surgeons Of Edinburgh, 10 :278-282 [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]
(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]
(2011) 'The development of a prototype behavioral marker system for U.S. Navy Officers of the Deck'
O’Connor, P. & Long, W.M. (2011) 'The development of a prototype behavioral marker system for U.S. Navy Officers of the Deck'. Safety Science, 49 :1381-1387 [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]
(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) '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 <A HREF="http://://000285125800004://000285125800004" TARGET="_blank"> [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Identifying and addressing the limitations of safety climate surveys'
O’Connor, P., Buttrey, S, O’Dea, A., & Kennedy, Q. (2011) 'Identifying and addressing the limitations of safety climate surveys'. Journal of Safety Research, 42 :259-265 [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]
(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]
(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]
(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) '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) '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) '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 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]
(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 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]
(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) '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]
(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 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) '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]
(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
(2015) 'Teamwork and communication'
O’Connor, P., Keogh, I., & Azuara-Blanco, A (2015) 'Teamwork and communication' In: Enhancing Surgical Skills: A Primer in Non-Technical Skills. London: CRC Press. [Details]
(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]

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]

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]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2017) European Patient Safety Conference
Curran, C., Lydon, S., Kelly, M. E., Murphy, A. W., & O’Connor, P. (2017) Safety Climate Measurement in Ireland – a comparison with England and Scotland.* Winner Best Paper . In: EQuiP Book ofAbstracts eds. European Patient Safety Conference Dublin, , 03-MAR-17 - 04-MAR-17 , pp.37-37 [Details]
(2017) International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Finn, R, Williams D, Conroy RM, Gerald, J, Condell S, Hickey A, O’Connor P, Vaughan D, Walsh G, Rafter N (2017) Healthcare Associated Infections in the Irish National Adverse Events Study (preliminary feasibility analysis) International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare London, UK, [Details]
(2017) European Patient Safety Conference (EQuiP)
Curran, C., Lydon, S., Kelly, M. E., Murphy, A. W., Walsh, C., & O’Connor, P. (2017) A systematic review of primary care safety climate survey instruments: Their origins, psychometric properties, quality and usage . In: EQuiP Book of Abstracts eds. European Patient Safety Conference (EQuiP) Dublin, Ireland, , 03-MAR-17 - 04-MAR-17 , pp.Abstract K p 35-35 [Details]
(2017) European Patient Safety Conference
O’Connor, P., Lydon, S., Cupples, M. E., Hart, N., Murphy, A. W., & Curran, C. (2017) The Safety Climate in Primary Care (Sap-C) Study: A randomised controlled feasibility study European Patient Safety Conference Dublin, Ireland, [Details]
(2017) International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Lydon, S., Cupples, M. E., Murphy, A. W., Hart, N., & O’Connor, P. (2017) The Safety Climate in Primary Care (SAP-C) study: A randomised controlled feasibility study International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare London, UK, [Details]
(2017) WONCA
O’Connor, P., Lydon, S., Cupples, M. E., Hart, N., Murphy, A. W., & Curran, C. (2017) The Safety Climate in Primary Care (Sap-C) Study: A randomised controlled feasibility study WONCA Prague, Romania, [Details]
(2016) Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare
Lydon, S., Healy, O., O’Connor, P., Reid McDermott, B., & Byrne, D. (2016) The efficacy of fluency procedures to train procedural skills among final cycle medical students Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare Bristol, England, [Details]
(2016) Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Annual Scientific Meeting 2016
Fischer M, Kennedy KM, Ker J, O'Connor P, Doherty E and Kropmans TJB (2016) Assessment of Situational Awareness in Undergraduate Medical Education by Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation: A Literature Review Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Annual Scientific Meeting 2016 Belfast, United Kingdom, [Details]
(2015) the 9th Annual International Meeting on Behavioural Sciences Applied to Surgery and Acute Care Settings
O'Connor, P; Lydon, S; O'Dea, A; Byrne, D (2015) It’s time to address the dysfunctional relationship between interns and nurses the 9th Annual International Meeting on Behavioural Sciences Applied to Surgery and Acute Care Settings Bonn, Germany, [Details]
(2015) Annual International Meeting on Behavioural Sciences Applied to Surgery and Acute Care Settings
O’Connor, P., Lydon, S., O’Dea, A., & Byrne, D. (2015) It’s time to address the dysfunctional relationship between interns and nurses Annual International Meeting on Behavioural Sciences Applied to Surgery and Acute Care Settings Bonn, Germany, [Details]
(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) The 8th Annual International Meeting on Behavioural Sciences Applied to Surgery and Acute Care Settings
O'Connor, P; Lydon, S; Offiah, G; Ahern, S; Moloney, B; Byrne, D (2014) A time use diary study of Irish interns The 8th Annual International Meeting on Behavioural Sciences Applied to Surgery and Acute Care Settings London, UK, [Details]
(2014) Annual International Meeting on Behavioural Sciences Applied to Surgery and Acute Care Settings
Browne, G., McVeigh, T., O’Connor, P., O’Connor, D., Kerin, M.J., O & Bryne, D. (2014) How effective is deliberate practice in acquiring laproscopic skills in novice trainees?- a randomized control trial Annual International Meeting on Behavioural Sciences Applied to Surgery and Acute Care Settings [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) Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Conference
O'Connor, P; Byrne, D; Butt, M; Offiah, G; Lydon, S; McInerney, K; Stewart, B; Kerin MJ (2013) A survey of smartphone use by junior doctors: What are the implications? Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Conference Galway, 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) 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
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) The Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Conference
O'Connor, P; Byrne, D; Lydon, S; Kerin MJ (2012) An assessment of stress in Irish interns The Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Conference [Details]
(2012) Proceedings of the International Association for Medical Education Annual Conference
Byrne, D; Stewart, B; O'Connor, P; Lydon, S; Kerin MJ (2012) Preparing new graduates for clinical practice: An evaluation of pre-internship training Proceedings of the International Association for Medical Education Annual Conference Lyon, France, [Details]
(2012) The Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Conference
Byrne, D; Stewart, B; O'Connor, P; Lydon, S; Kerin MJ (2012) Preparing new doctors for clinical practice: An evaluation of pre-internship training The Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Conference [Details]
(2012) The Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Conference
McWeeney, O; Byrne, D; O'Connor, P; Lydon, S; Kerin, MJ (2012) An evaluation of a medico-legal training workshop for interns The Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Conference [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) 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) 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
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]
(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) 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) 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]
(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
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]
(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]
(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) 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]
(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]
(2001) British Psychological Society Centenary Conference
O'Connor, P. (2001) Evaluating pilots' non-technical skills British Psychological Society Centenary Conference Glasgow, Scotland, [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]
(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) 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]
(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]

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

Teaching Interests

Postgraduate courses 
Undergraduate courses taught
  • Patient safety
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Resilience

Current Postgraduate Students (Taught)

  Name Degree Primary Supervisor
Angela Kearns Masters in Clinical Education Y

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2016 Ruth-Aoibheann O'Leary Masters in Clinical Education Y
2015 Orla Walsh Masters in Clinical Education Y
2015 Breda King Masters in Clinical Education Y

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Ciara Curran Doctorate - M.D. Degree Supervisor
Markus Fischer Doctorate - Ph.D. Co-supervisor (1)

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2014/15 Simulation in Clinical Education MD619 Clinical Education
2016/17 Introduction to simulation and training MDS1101 Healthcare simulation and patient safety
2016/17 Simulation with mannikin and task based trainers MDS1102 Healthcare simulation and patient safety
2014/15 Patient Safety and Human Factors MD6108 Surgery
2015/16 Simulation in clinical education MD619 Clinical Education
2016/17 Standardised patients, virtual patients and hybrid simulation MDS1103 Healthcare simulation and patient safety
2015/16 Educational Research MD132 Clinical Education
2014/15 Educational Research MD132 Clinical Education
2016/17 Human factors and patient safety in simulation MDS1105 Healthcare simulation and patient safety
2016/17 Running a simulation based education programme MDS1104 Healthcare simulation and patient safety
2014/15 Health research methods GP113 General Practice
2016/17 Simulation in clinical education MD619 Clinical Education
2016/17 Uses of simulation beyond education MDS1106 Healthcare simulation and patient safety
2015/16 Patient safety and human factors MD6108 Surgery
2016/17 Educational research MD132 Clinical Education

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Dr Dara Byrne
Dr Jenny McSharry
Dr Christine Domegan
Dr Molly Byrne
Dr Sinead Lydon
Dr Ciara Curren
Prof Ivan Keogh

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
Prof David Williams The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland IRELAND
Prof Anne Hickey The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland IRELAND
Dr Michael Power College of Anaesthetists of Ireland IRELAND
Dr Janet Squires University of Ottowa CANADA
Dr Gozzie Offiah The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland IRELAND
Prof Rhona Flin University of Aberdeen UNITED KINGDOM
Prof Sam Cromie Trinity College Dublin IRELAND
Dr. Angela O'Dea The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland IRELAND
Dr Tom Reader The London School of Economics UNITED KINGDOM