Richard J. O'Connor, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

Contact Information

322 Carlton House
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY 14263
Phone: 716-845-4517
Fax: 716-845-1265

Research Interests: interaction between tobacco products and consumers, from how cigarettes are designed and how those designs affect smokers' perceptions and use of the product, to how best to inform policymakers crafting tobacco product regulations


Dr. O'Connor is Assistant Member in the Department of Health Behavior, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He is a co-investigator on the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project.  The ITC Project is an international collaboration of tobacco control researchers whose mission is to evaluate the psychosocial and behavioral effects of national-level tobacco control policies throughout the world.  He is also a co-investigator on the RPCI Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center, heading a sub-project to evaluate the impact of tobacco product regulations on product design and performance, as well as smoking behavior. He is also Principal Investigator on an NCI grant examining the ‘fire-safe' cigarette issue, in particular whether laws regulating ignition propensity affect fire incidence, impact smoking behaviors or exposures, or alter product design.  His work has been published in Addiction, American Journal of Epidemiology, British Medical Journal, Tobacco Control, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention.

Professional Affiliations

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Association for Psychological Science, American Society for Preventive Oncology