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Thomas G. O'Connor, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 273-1221

Fax: (585) 273-1066

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Biography

Professional Background

Thomas G. O'Connor is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and is Director of the Wynne Center for Family Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. O'Connor received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia in 1995. His research focuses the mechanisms by which early stress exposures, including prenatal maternal anxiety and caregiving stress, may persistently shape children's behavioral and biological health. His work encompasses epidemiological, observational and experimental designs and incorporates behavioral, physiological, genetic, and immunological methods.

Credentials

Education

1989
BA | University of Rochester
Psychology

1991
MA | University of Virginia
Psychology

1994-1995
Predoctoral Clinical Internship | George Washington University
Clinical

1995
PhD | University of Virginia
Clinical Psychology

Awards

2004
Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology
Sponsor: American Psychological Association

2001
Boyd McCandless Award
Sponsor: American Psychological Association, Division 7

Publications

Journal Articles

1/12/2023
Ames JL, Burjak M, Avalos LA, Braun JM, Bulka CM, Croen LA, Dunlop AL, Ferrara A, Fry RC, Hedderson MM, Karagas MR, Liang D, Lin PD, Lyall K, Moore B, Morello-Frosch R, O'Connor TG, Oh J, Padula AM, Woodruff TJ, Zhu Y, Hamra GB, . "Prenatal exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and childhood autism-related outcomes." Epidemiology.. 2023 Jan 12; Epub 2023 Jan 12.

1/5/2023
Rivera-Núñez Z, Kinkade CW, Khoury L, Brunner J, Murphy H, Wang C, Kannan K, Miller RK, O'Connor TG, Barrett ES. "Prenatal perfluoroalkyl substances exposure and maternal sex steroid hormones across pregnancy." Environmental research.. 2023 Jan 5; :115233. Epub 2023 Jan 05.

1/5/2023
Nozadi SS, Li X, Kong X, Rennie B, Kanda D, MacKenzie D, Luo L, Posner J, Blackwell CK, Croen LA, Ferrara A, O'Connor TG, Zimmerman E, Ghassabian A, Leve LD, Elliott AJ, Schmidt RJ, Sprowles JLN, Lewis JL. "Effects of COVID-19 Financial and Social Hardships on Infants' and Toddlers' Development in the ECHO Program." International journal of environmental research and public health.. 2023 Jan 5; 20(2)Epub 2023 Jan 05.

Books & Chapters

2013
Book Title: Stress and Immune Function in Humans: A Life-Course Perspective
Author List: Moynihan, J.A., Heffner, K.L., Caserta, M.T., and O'Connor, T.G.
Edited By: A. Kusnecov and H. Anisman
Published By: John Wiley and Sons 2013 in Oxford

2012
Chapter Title: Evidence-Based Treatments for Reactive Attachment Disorder and Severe Attachment Disturbances.
Book Title: Handbook of evidence-based practice in clinical psychology
Author List: O'Connor, T.G., Spagnola, M., & Byrne, J.G.
Edited By: P Sturmey & M Hersen
Published By: J Wiley & Sons 2012 in Hoboken

2011
Chapter Title: Prenatal anxiety and child development.
Book Title: Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
Author List: O'Connor, T.G.
Edited By: Tremblay RE, Barr RG, Peters RDeV, Boivin M.
Published By: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development 2011 in Montreal

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