Jean O’Connor

Health Policy & Management
Part-time Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Health Policy & Management

Dr. Jean C. O’Connor is a public health practitioner with more than two decades of experience. In addition to serving as a part-time associate professor of health policy and management at the University of Georgia, she is a Principal with Abt Associates. Her prior experience includes senior scientific and leadership roles in state public health, with CDC, in global health, and delivering health services at the community level. In these roles, she has worked with communities, educators, policy makers, and private sector leaders to develop and evaluate programs and policies related to healthcare accessibility and affordability; COVID-19; chronic disease prevention; alcohol, tobacco and other substance use; and, emergency preparedness and response.

Dr. O’Connor is also an adjunct professor of behavioral sciences at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory and a member of the Board of Directors for Heluna Health. She earned her DrPH from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009 and her JD and MPH from Emory University in 2001. She is a member of the Bar, a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and was named as a Fulbright Specialist in Global Health and Law in 2018.

  •  DrPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
  • JD, Emory University School of Law, 2001
  • MPH, Emory University School of Law, 2001
  • BS, Emory University
Areas of Expertise
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Public Health Law
  • Chronic Disease
  • Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • State and Local Health Departments
Selected Publications

Ebell M., Hall S.P., Rustin C.R., Powell-Threets K., Munoz L., Toodle L., Lu M., & O’Connor J.C. (2019). The effect of a multi-component, multi-trigger intervention to enhance asthma control in high risk African-American children. Preventing Chronic Disease, 16:180387. DOI:

Ebell M.H., Marchello C., Meng L., O’Connor J.C., Burden and social determinants of asthma among children in Georgia (2019). J. Community Health. 44(5), 941-947. DOI: 10.1007/s10900-019-00642-9.

Allen, P., O’Connor, J. C., Best, L., Lakshman, M., Jacob, R., & Brownson, R. C. (2018). Management practices to build evidence-based decision making for chronic disease prevention in Georgia: A case study. Preventing Chronic Disease, 15, 170482.

Gentili, M., Harati, P., Serban, N., O’Connor, J. C., & Swann J. (2018). Quantifying disparities in accessibility and availability of pediatric primary care across multiple states with implications for targeted interventions. Health Services Research, 53(3), 1458–1477.

Byers, S., O’Connor, J., Powell-Threets, K., Taylor, B., Padgett, K., & Hallow, K. M. (2017). Analysis of hypertension control rates among participants in the Georgia Hypertension Management and Outreach Program. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 7(1), 45–47.

Vall, E. A., Kibbe, D. L., Greene, C., Smith, K. S., & O’Connor, J. C. (2017). Leading the way in preventing childhood obesity in Georgia. Public Health Reports, 132(2 Suppl), 3S–6S.

O’Connor, J. C. (2017). Chronic disease prevention as an adaptive leadership problem. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 6(4), 398–400.

Paris, N. M., Gabram-Mendola, S. G. A., Kerber, A. S., O’Connor, J., Crane, B. E., Martin, M. L., … Bellcross, C. A. (2016). Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer: Risk assessment in minority women and provider knowledge gaps. Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, 14(6), 261–267. Retrieved from

Berg, C. J., Ribisl, K. M., Thrasher, J. F., Haardörfer, R., O’Connor, J., & Kegler, M. C. (2015). Reactions to cigarette taxes and related messaging: Is the South different? American Journal of Health Behavior, 39(5), 721–731. PMCID: PMC4530464.

Berg, C. J., Thrasher, J. F., O’Connor, J., Haardörfer, R., & Kegler, M. C. (2015). Reactions to smoke-free policies and messaging strategies in support and opposition: A comparison of Southerners and non-Southerners in the US. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 2(6), 408–420. PMCID: PMC4686148.

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