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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

Choi G, Kuiper JR, Bennett DH, Barrett ES, Bastain TM, Breton CV, Chinthakindi S, Dunlop AL, Farzan SF, Herbstman JB, Karagas MR, Marsit CJ, Meeker JD, Morello-Frosch R, O'Connor TG, Pellizzari ED, Romano ME, Sathyanarayana S, Schantz S, Schmidt RJ, Watkins DJ, Zhu H, Kannan K, Buckley JP, Woodruff TJ, . "Exposure to melamine and its derivatives and aromatic amines among pregnant women in the United States: The ECHO program." Chemosphere.. 2022 Aug 5; :135599. Epub 2022 Aug 05.

Martenies SE, Zhang M, Corrigan AE, Kvit A, Shields T, Wheaton W, Bastain TM, Breton CV, Dabelea D, Habre R, Magzamen S, Padula AM, Him DA, Camargo CA, Cowell W, Croen LA, Deoni S, Everson TM, Hartert TV, Hipwell AE, McEvoy CT, Morello-Frosch R, O'Connor TG, Petriello M, Sathyanarayana S, Stanford JB, Woodruff TJ, Wright RJ, Kress AM, . "Associations between combined exposure to environmental hazards and social stressors at the neighborhood level and individual perinatal outcomes in the ECHO-wide cohort." Health & place.. 2022 Jul 21; 76:102858. Epub 2022 Jul 21.

Rasmussen JM, Thompson PM, Gyllenhammer LE, Lindsay KL, O'Connor TG, Koletzko B, Entringer S, Wadhwa PD, Buss C. "Maternal free fatty acid concentration during pregnancy is associated with newborn hypothalamic microstructure in humans." Obesity.. 2022 Jul; 30(7):1462-1471.

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