Human Development and Family Studies


Marion O'Brien, Ph.D.

Human Development and Family Studies
School of Human Environmental Sciences
165D Stone, P.O. Box 26170 Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Phone: (336) 256-0527, Fax: (336) 334-5076

Director, Family Research Center
536 Highland Ave., P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Phone: (336) 334-3601, Fax: (336) 256-0545

My primary research interests involve parenting, child care, and children's social and cognitive development. I contribute to the RIGHT Track project, a longitudinal study of children's social behavior. I am also interested in parenting and family adaptation when a child is diagnosed with a developmental disability, and published a book for professionals who work with families of children with autism, Beyond the Autism Diagnosis. For the last 15 years I have been one of the investigators for the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a national longitudinal study of more than 1,200 families from 10 locations around the U.S.

At UNCG, I am the Director of the Family Research Center , where faculty and graduate students conduct research on a wide range of issues involving families and children. I teach graduate courses in social development and research methods.

My current graduate students are:

Irina Mokrova
who is interested in parental contributions to children's intrinsic motivation

Chantelle Wolpert
who is interested in family accomodation when a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder

For more information about me, please visit my: Curriculum Vita or my Recent Publications Page.

Or send me an email.