The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Stephen R. Connor PhD

Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance

Stephen R. Connor, PhD is Executive Director the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), a global alliance of regional, national, & other hospice and palliative care organizations in over 85 countries. He has worked in hospice and palliative care for over 40 years as a researcher, licensed clinical health psychologist, author, consultant, educator, advocate, & executive. Dr Connor served for 11 years (98-09) in the leadership of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (US) as VP for Research and Development. Dr Connor’s areas of research interest include: bereavement and health, denial in the terminally ill, outcome & global measurement in palliative care, and evidence based care for the dying.  He is now focused on palliative care development internationally with WHPCA and as a consultant to many organizations.  For the last 17 years Dr. Connor has worked on global palliative care development in over 25 countries in Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. He a Trustee of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network, on the scientific advisory board of the (US) National Palliative Care Research Center, has been a member of the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Palliative Care, and is a member of the editorial Board of the Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. Connor has published over 125 peer reviewed journal articles, reviews, and book chapters on issues related to palliative care for patients and their families and is the author of Hospice: Practice, Pitfalls, and Promise (1998), Hospice and Palliative Care: The Essential Guide (2009 & 2017), and co-editor of the WHPCA/WHO Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End-of-Life (2014) and Building Integrated Palliative Care Programs and Services (2017). (see publication lists at