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Academic General Pediatrics
Phone: 346-227-7275
Fax: 713-396-1995


Texas Children's Hospital Primary Care Practice at Palm Center
5400 Griggs Road
Suite 101
Houston, TX 77021

Teresia Margareta O'Connor, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine Fellowship General Academic Pediatrics 2007
Baylor College of Medicine Residency Pediatrics 2002
Baylor College of Medicine Internship Pediatrics 2000
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1999


I am a board certified, practicing general pediatrician and fellowship trained clinician researcher. My NIH funded research focuses on identifying strategies to prevent childhood obesity, understanding how fathers and mothers influence their children’s lifestyle behaviors, and using technology to measure behaviors related to the development of obesity among children. I am passionate about promoting health equity and finding culturally centered approaches for children to live healthy lives. In clinical practice I help our team provide general pediatric medical and preventive care for children from birth to 21 years old.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Member, Executive Committee
Society of Pediatric Research Member, Executive Committee
Texas Pediatric Society Obesity Committee Member

Selected Publications

Kumar Vadathya A, Musaad S, Beltran A, Perez O, Meister L, Baranowski T, Hughes SO, Mendoza JA, Sabharwal A, Veeraraghavan A, O’Connor TM. An objective system for quantitative assessment of TV viewing among children: FLASH-TV. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Pediatrics and Parenting (submitted September 13, 2021, accepted January 11, 2022).

Chumpitazi CE, Camp EA, Cuevas-Guaman M, Doughty C, Kancherla B, Kancheria B, Lingappan K, Moran NE, Murray KO, Perez O, Shekerdemian LS, O’Connor TM. Vision 2020: How caregiving and work productivity outlook shifted for academic pediatric faculty. Journal of Women’s Health. 2022; [Online ahead of print]. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2021.0555

O’Connor TM, Beltran A, Musaad S, Perez O, Flores A, Galdamez-Calderon E, Isbell T, Arredondo EM, Parra Cardona R, Cabrera N, Marton SA, Baranowski T, Morgan PJ. Feasibility of targeting Hispanic fathers and children in an obesity intervention: “Papás Saludables Niños Saludables.” Childhood Obesity. 2020; 16(6):379-392.

O’Connor TM, Perez O, Beltran A, Colón García I, Arredondo E, Parra Cardona R, Cabrera N, Thompson D, Baranowski T, Morgan PJ. Cultural adaptation of ‘Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids’ for Hispanic families: Applying the Ecological Validity Model. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2020; 17:52.

Hughes SO, Power TG, O'Connor TM, Fisher JO. Executive functioning, emotion regulation, eating self-regulation, and weight status in low-income preschool children: How do they relate? Appetite 2015. 89: 1-9.

* Texas Children's Hospital physicians' licenses and credentials are reviewed prior to practicing at any of our facilities. Sections titled From the Doctor, Professional Organizations and Publications were provided by the physician's office and were not verified by Texas Children's Hospital.