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Lauren O’Connell

  • Pediatric Developmental Behavioral Health Specialist
  • Assistant Professor, MSU CHM Pediatrics and Human Development
Dr. Lauren O’Connell
Dr. Lauren O’Connell

Dr. Lauren O’Connell has a likable teaching style and a plethora of knowledge and resources for helping children thrive, even in challenging conditions. She enjoys research and other scholarly/professional activity.


  • Bachelor-of-science degree: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.
  • Medical school: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Pediatric Residency: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill.
  • Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System, Division of Child Behavioral Health, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship; University of Michigan Health System, Division of General Pediatrics, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Master of Science in Health and Health Care Research: University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

  • Academic Pediatric Association
  • Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
    • Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees

Scholarly Activity

Dr. O’Connell has served as principal investigator on grant-funded projects, has multiple manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications, and has presented at many scientific meetings. Her research interests include:

  • Assessment and promotion of effective parenting behaviors
  • Developmental behavioral pediatric resource utilization and practice patterns

Educational Presentations

Educational topics for resident physicians include the following, among others:

  • Toxic Stress and Resilience
  • Children in Crisis: The Pediatrician’s Role after a Disaster
  • ADHD: Diagnosis and Management
  • Toilet Training
  • Enuresis, Encopresis
  • Parenting Behaviors