Institute for the Family

About the Director

Tom O'Connor, DirectorThe Wynne Center for Family Research was endowed by a bequest from Lyman and Adele Wynne. Dr. Lyman Wynne served as the second Chair of Psychiatry from 1971-77. He was an internationally recognized pioneer of family process research and family therapy, as well as one of the most highly esteemed investigators of his era, having devoted his efforts to studying the communication disorders and diagnostic features of schizophrenia, as well as working with international colleagues in Finland to implement a series of studies to examine "adopted away" offspring of parents suffering schizophrenia. Adele Wynne was his partner in developing many innovations in family therapy and served as an important albeit informal colleague for Lyman's work during his long and extraordinatry productive career.

Tom O'Connor is the Director of the Lyman and Adele Wynne Center for Family Research. He follows Dr. Wynne's footsteps, with his intense interest in family and environmental influences on the development of children and youth, and with his rigorously developed NIH supported research. He is deeply committed to training the next generation of researchers, and again, like Dr. Wynne, works with a diverse multidisciplinary group of colleagues.