Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

FACULTY

O’Connor, Mary

Research

Association between prenatal alcohol exposure and child socio-emotional development

Appointments

  • Director, UCLA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
  • Program Director, ABC Child Partial Outpatient Program
  • Training Director, Tarjan Center for Developmental Disabilities

Biography

Dr. O’Connor’s current work examines psychosocial and psychiatric risk due to prenatal alcohol exposure. Dr. O’Connor has conducted research on the prevention of alcohol consumption in pregnant women, intervention with children with prenatal alcohol exposure, and medical and allied health education on prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

All of her work has focused on collaborative national initiatives with the long-term goal of developing best practice models to be disseminated on local, state, and national levels.

The overarching emphasis of Dr. O’Connor’s research career has been the development, evaluation, and dissemination of empirically supported assessment and treatment methods for high-risk children.

Publications

  1. Alam, MZ, Okonkwo, CE, Cachaneski-Lopes, JP, Graeff, CFO, Batagin-Neto, A, Tariq, S et al.. Author Correction: Date fruit melanin is primarily based on (-)-epicatechin proanthocyanidin oligomers. Sci Rep. 2024;14 (1):7169. doi: 10.1038/s41598-024-57743-2. PubMed PMID:38532025 PubMed Central PMC10965950.
  2. Bashi, AC, Coker, EA, Bulusu, KC, Jaaks, P, Crafter, C, Lightfoot, H et al.. Large-scale Pan-cancer Cell Line Screening Identifies Actionable and Effective Drug Combinations. Cancer Discov. 2024;14 (5):846-865. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-23-0388. PubMed PMID:38456804 PubMed Central PMC11061612.
  3. Ybarra, AM, Kamsheh, AM, O'Connor, MJ, Hollander, SA, Bano, M, Ploutz, M et al.. Survival does not differ by annual center transplant volume-A Pediatric Heart Transplant Society Registry study. Pediatr Transplant. 2024;28 (2):e14720. doi: 10.1111/petr.14720. PubMed PMID:38433570 .
  4. Holzhauser, L, Reza, N, Edwards, JJ, Birati, EY, Owens, AT, McLean, R et al.. Emergency Department Use and Hospital Mortality Among Heart Transplant Recipients in the United States. J Am Heart Assoc. 2024;13 (5):e032676. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.123.032676. PubMed PMID:38420765 PubMed Central PMC10944034.
  5. Alam, MZ, Okonkwo, CE, Cachaneski-Lopes, JP, Graeff, CFO, Batagin-Neto, A, Tariq, S et al.. Date fruit melanin is primarily based on (-)-epicatechin proanthocyanidin oligomers. Sci Rep. 2024;14 (1):4863. doi: 10.1038/s41598-024-55467-x. PubMed PMID:38418836 PubMed Central PMC10901811.
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