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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

Stratakis N, Garcia E, Chandran A, Hsu T, Alshawabkeh A, Aris IM, Aschner JL, Breton C, Burbank A, Camargo CA, Carroll KN, Chen Z, Claud EC, Dabelea D, Dunlop AL, Elliott AJ, Ferrara A, Ganiban JM, Gern JE, Gold DR, Gower WA, Hertz-Picciotto I, Karagas MR, Karr CJ, Lester B, Leve LD, Litonjua AA, Ludena Y, McEvoy CT, Miller RL, Mueller NT, O'Connor TG, Oken E, O'Shea TM, Perera F, Stanford JB, Rivera-Spoljaric K, Rundle A, Trasande L, Wright RJ, Zhang Y, Zhu Y, Berhane K, Gilliland F, Chatzi L, . "The Role of Childhood Asthma in Obesity Development: A Nationwide U.S. Multi-cohort Study." Epidemiology.. 2021 Sep 20; Epub 2021 Sep 20.

Sauder KA, Harte RN, Ringham BM, Guenther PM, Bailey RL, Alshawabkeh A, Cordero JF, Dunlop AL, Ferranti EP, Elliott AJ, Mitchell DC, Hedderson MM, Avalos LA, Zhu Y, Breton CV, Chatzi L, Ran J, Hertz-Picciotto I, Karagas MR, Sayarath V, Hoover J, MacKenzie D, Lyall K, Schmidt RJ, O'Connor TG, Barrett ES, Switkowski KM, Comstock SS, Kerver JM, Trasande L, Tylavsky FA, Wright RJ, Kannan S, Mueller NT, Catellier DJ, Glueck DH, Dabelea D, . "Disparities in Risks of Inadequate and Excessive Intake of Micronutrients during Pregnancy." The Journal of nutrition.. 2021 Sep 7; Epub 2021 Sep 07.

Quivey RG, O'Connor TG, Gill SR, Kopycka-Kedzierawski DT. "Prediction of early childhood caries onset and oral microbiota." Molecular oral microbiology.. 2021 Jul 27; Epub 2021 Jul 27.

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