Bridget O'Connor Cho

BA (2011) University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
MA (2015) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2017


I am interested in the developmental consequences of negative life events such as trauma, disaster, maltreatment, and neglect, and ways to promote resiliency among children exposed to such events.  My research interests include elucidation of the long-term trajectories of trauma exposure using person-centered methodology, development and implementation of evidence-based treatments and preventive interventions, and application of this research in the area of child welfare and mental health to public policy and advocacy. 

Selected Publications

Cho. B., & Jackson, Y. (2016). Self-reported and case file maltreatment: Relations for psychosocial outcomes for youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 69, 241-247.

Vernberg, E. M., Hambrick, E. P., O’Connor, B., Hendrickson, M. L. (2016). Psychology and disaster mental health: Strategies for working with children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72(12), 1333-1347.

Jackson, Y., Cushing, C., Gabrielli, J., Fleming, K., O'Connor, B., & Huffhines, L. (2015). Child maltreatment, trauma, and physical health outcomes: The role of abuse type and placement moves on health conditions and service use for youth in foster care. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(1), 28-36.

Selected Presentations

Cho, B., Vernberg, E., Lochman, J., Hendrickson, M., Diaz, K., Jarrett, M. A., & Kassing, F. (2016). Self-reported tornado exposure and geographical information systems (GIS). Poster presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.

Cho, B., Jackson, Y., Huffhines, L., Gusler, S., & Brown, S. (2016). Placement stability as a mediator of the relationship between maltreatment and mental health among youth in foster care. In J. Gabrielli (Chair) Trauma-informed systems of care for youth with complex victimization in foster care or juvenile justice. Symposium submitted to the 2016 International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Jackson, Y., Gabrielli, J., Tunno, A., Cho, B., & Stone, K. (2016). Cumulative trauma and adaptive functioning for youth in foster care. In Y. Jackson (Chair), Mechanisms of adaptive outcome for youth exposed to maltreatment and foster care. Symposium submitted to the 2016 International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

O’Connor, B., Hambrick, E. P., & Vernberg, E. M. (2014, August). Maternal meaning making as a protective factor for children exposed to a tornado. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D. C.

Wortel, S., Oshri, A., O’Connor, B., & Burnette, M. L. (2013). Parallel Alcohol and Cannabis Use Trajectories and Sexual Health Outcomes Among Adolescent Girls with a History of Sexual Abuse. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

O’Connor, B., Moynihan, J., Caserta, M., Pressman, E., Robertson-Blackmore, E., & O’Connor, T. G. (2011, May). Effects of prenatal anxiety and postnatal maternal caregiving on infants’ cortisol responses. Poster presented at Collier Mental Health Research Poster Session, Rochester, NY.


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