Associate Professor of Education
Phone: 212 992 9473
Erin O'Connor received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005. She is currently an Associate Professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. O'Connor leads a research program examining relationships with mothers and teachers and the impacts of these relationships on children's development in early and middle childhood. This research focuses on three specific areas. The first is on the influences of the school and family environments, and teacher and child characteristics on the quality of teacher-child relationships in early and middle childhood. The second is on the effect of mother-child and teacher-child relationships on children's academic achievement and social development in pre-kindergarten. The third is on the developmental/ longitudinal trajectories of children's relationships with teachers across the elementary school years, and the influence of these trajectories on children's social development and academic achievement. O'Connor also conducts randomized control trials of relationship-building interventions on the language and social development of pre-kindergarten children from low-income families and neighborhoods. Her research has implications for teaching and learning and applied developmental science as well as educational practitioners and policy-makers. O'Connor has published in educational and psychology journals including the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Journal of Applied Psychology. Her work is supported by grants from several institutions including the Institute for Education Sciences. O'Connor is a member of the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development.