Lori Delale-O’Connor, PhD



4309 Wesley Posvar Hall

Pittsburgh, Pa. 15260


Lori Delale-O'Connor, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Education at CUE. She served as the Center's associate director for research and development from 2014 to 2017. Her teaching, research, and policy interests focus on urban education, sociology of education, positive child and youth development, and parent education.

Dr. Delale-O'Connor received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University where she was also a certificate fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences--a pre-doctoral training program funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Delale-O'Connor's work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She was recently the co-PI for an IES funded feasibility study examining the information provided for parents and students to make schooling choices. Dr. Delale-O'Connor also holds an M.Ed. in secondary education from Boston College where she was a Donovan Urban Scholar and taught secondary social studies in the Boston Public Schools.

Prior to joining the School of Education, Dr. Delale-O'Connor was a research scientist at Child Trends, a non-profit research center focused on improving the well-being of children across the lifespan. There she designed and conducted evaluations of programs serving children and youth.