Dr. O’Connor has authored more than 200 scientific papers on topics related to tobacco control. His program of research focuses on building the evidence base for tobacco regulatory science, with a particular focus on product-user interactions. He is a co-investigator on the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC), which is investigating the impact of national level tobacco control policies across more than 20 different countries. He is also a project director on the NCI-funded Consortium on Methods for Evaluating Tobacco (COMET), which is working to develop state-of-the art methods for assessing tobacco product abuse liability, consumer perceptions, and toxicity.
Other work focuses include: impact of tobacco policy on product use, assessment of consumer interest in novel tobacco products as substitutes for cigarettes, and the development of unobtrusive methods for assessing smoke exposure.
The Tobacco Research Laboratory, which Dr. O’Connor directs, works to characterize popular products sold on the international market in terms of physical and design features, so as to provide greater insight into user-product interactions that may affect addiction and/or health outcomes. The laboratory also houses the International Tobacco Product Repository, which is creating cohort surveillance of popular tobacco products in a number of countries.
Dr. O’Connor’s 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.