Thomas G. O'Connor, Ph.D.

Thomas G. O'Connor, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-1221
Fax: (585) 273-1066

Professional Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (National)

Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology | American Psychological Association 2004
Boyd McCandless Award | American Psychological Association, Division 7 2001

Recent Journal Articles

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2014 Nov
O'Donnell KJ, Glover V, Holbrook JD, O'Connor TG. "Maternal prenatal anxiety and child brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) genotype: effects on internalizing symptoms from 4 to 15 years of age." Development and psychopathology. 2014 Nov; 26(4 Pt 2):1255-66.
2014 Nov
O'Connor TG, Moynihan JA, Wyman PA, Carnahan J, Lofthus G, Quataert SA, Bowman M, Caserta MT. "Depressive symptoms and immune response to meningococcal conjugate vaccine in early adolescence." Development and psychopathology. 2014 Nov; 26(4 Pt 2):1567-76.
2014 Sep
O'Connor TG. "Updating biological bases of social behavior." Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 2014 Sep; 55(9):957-8.
2014 Jun
O'Connor TG, Moynihan JA, Caserta MT. "Annual research review: The neuroinflammation hypothesis for stress and psychopathology in children--developmental psychoneuroimmunology." Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 2014 Jun; 55(6):615-31. Epub 2013 Dec 23.
2014 Jun
Scott S, Briskman J, O'Connor TG. "Early prevention of antisocial personality: long-term follow-up of two randomized controlled trials comparing indicated and selective approaches." The American journal of psychiatry. 2014 Jun; 171(6):649-57.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Research (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Clinical Psychology | University of Virginia1995
MA | Psychology | University of Virginia1991
BA | Psychology | University of Rochester1989
Predoctoral Clinical Internship | Clinical | George Washington UniversityAttended 1994 - 1995