Erin O’Connor
Director of Early Childhood Education Program


  • Low-income students
  • Early learning
  • Child development
  • Cognition and brain development
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Preschool
  • Teacher quality
  • Teacher effectiveness

Erin O’Connor is the director of New York University’s Early Childhood Education Program. O’Connor is a tenured professor and holds a doctorate degree in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a master’s degree in teaching from Fordham University, and a master’s degree in school psychology from Columbia University. O’Connor teaches human development and education classes to pre- and in-service teachers in New York City schools. She also co-directs a community partnership working with families and caregivers. In addition, Erin 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. She 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.