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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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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.



BA | University of Rochester

MA | University of Virginia

Predoctoral Clinical Internship | George Washington University

PhD | University of Virginia
Clinical Psychology


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

Boyd McCandless Award
Sponsor: American Psychological Association, Division 7


Journal Articles

Buckley JP, Kuiper JR, Bennett DH, Barrett ES, Bastain T, Breton CV, Chinthakindi S, Dunlop AL, Farzan SF, Herbstman JB, Karagas MR, Marsit CJ, Meeker JD, Morello-Frosch R, O'Connor TG, Romano ME, Schantz S, Schmidt RJ, Watkins DJ, Zhu H, Pellizzari ED, Kannan K, Woodruff TJ. "Exposure to Contemporary and Emerging Chemicals in Commerce among Pregnant Women in the United States: The Environmental influences on Child Health Outcome (ECHO) Program." Environmental science & technology.. 2022 May 10; Epub 2022 May 10.

Lyall K, Ning X, Aschner JL, Avalos LA, Bennett DH, Bilder DA, Bush NR, Carroll KN, Chu SH, Croen LA, Dabelea D, Daniels JL, Duarte C, Elliott AJ, Fallin MD, Ferrara A, Hertz-Picciotto I, Hipwell AE, Jensen ET, Johnson SL, Joseph RM, Karagas M, Kelly RS, Lester BM, Margolis A, McEvoy CT, Messinger D, Neiderhiser JM, O'Connor TG, Oken E, Sathyanarayana S, Schmidt RJ, Sheinkopf SJ, Talge NM, Turi KN, Wright RJ, Zhao Q, Newschaffer C, Volk HE, Ladd-Acosta C, Environmental Influences On Child Health Outcomes OBOPCF. "Cardiometabolic Pregnancy Complications in Association with Autism-Related Traits as Measured by the Social Responsiveness Scale in ECHO." American journal of epidemiology.. 2022 Mar 31; Epub 2022 Mar 31.

Kaplan S, Perrone A, Alexopoulos D, Kenley JK, Barch DM, Buss C, Elison JT, Graham AM, Neil JJ, O'Connor TG, Rasmussen JM, Rosenberg MD, Rogers CE, Sotiras A, Fair DA, Smyser CD. "Synthesizing pseudo-T2w images to recapture missing data in neonatal neuroimaging with applications in rs-fMRI." NeuroImage.. 2022 Mar 11; :119091. Epub 2022 Mar 11.

Books & Chapters

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

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

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