Associate Professor
Nutrition; and Academic General Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Adjunct Member
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States


Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine
MPH from University of Texas School of Public Health
Residency at Baylor College of Medicine
MD from University Of Wisconsin Medical School
BS from University of Wisconsin

Professional Statement

Teresia O’Connor is a board certified, practicing general pediatrician and fellowship trained clinician researcher. Her research focuses on

a) Identifying strategies to best prevent and treat childhood obesity.

b) Providing better understanding of how parents (fathers and mothers) influence their children’s obesity-related behaviors through the framework of parenting styles and parenting practices.

c) Assessing how to use technology to improve the measurement of children’s obesity-related behaviors.

Dr. O’Connor’s current research includes a collaborative project with electrical engineers at Rice University (co-principle investigators (PI): O’Connor/ Veeraraghavan) to develop an objective, unobtrusive, automatic, privacy preserving screen use monitoring system that should drastically improve how children’s screen media use is measured (R01 DK113269); and a project to assess the validity and reliability of a program to simultaneously process young children’s objective physical activity data with location data (GPS) to identify the context in which children are physically active (USDA-ARS 3092-5-001-058). She is the PI on a preparatory grant for a clinical trial to culturally adapt ‘Healthy Dads Healthy Kids’ for Latino/Hispanic families using the Ecological Validity Model (EVM) and test the feasibility of the adapted program in a community clinic in Houston (R34 HL131726-01); and a co-investigator on a multi-site cluster RCT led by Seattle Children’s Research Center to assess the efficacy of a culturally adapted screen media reduction intervention delivered in Head Start centers for Latino children (R01 DK11300501A1). She has multiple publications on the role parents play in influencing children’s obesity related behaviors, including recent collaborative work with Dr. Louise Masse at the University of British Columbia, to develop consensus methods for researchers to measure food and physical activity parenting practices (CIHR MOP-119359; PI Masse).

Selected Publications


American Academy of Pediatrics
Academic Pediatric Association
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity