The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.

Connor

Stephen R. Connor PhD

Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance

Dr. Connor has worked continuously in hospice and palliativecare for the past 37 years as a researcher, clinical psychologist, consultant, author,educator, advocate, & executive. He has been the CEO of four different UShospice programs and has been a consultant surveyor for the Joint Commission.Connor served for 10 years (98-08) in the leadership of the National Hospiceand Palliative Care Organization (US), as VP for research and internationaldevelopment, where he developed the research agenda for US hospices. He is nowfocused on palliative care development internationally with the WorldwidePalliative Care Alliance (WPCA), a global alliance of national and regionalhospice and palliative care organizations, and as a consultant to the OpenSociety Foundation’s International Palliative Care Initiative in New York. Healso serves as consultant senior research fellow for Capital Caring in theWashington, DC area.

In addition to being a hospice and association executive, heis a researcher and psychotherapist, licensed as a clinical psychologist in twoUS states. Dr. Connor’s areas of research interest include: bereavement andhealth, denial in the terminally ill, outcome and performance measurement inend of life care, and evidence based care for the dying. He is a member &former chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement,the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and serves as a member ofthe Scientific Advisory Board of the US NationalPalliative Care Research Center. He also serves on the Board of theInternational Children’s Palliative Care Network and is a member of theEditorial Board of the Journal of Painand Symptom Management.

For the last 14 years Dr. Connor has been working onpalliative care development internationally in Sub-Saharan Africa, EasternEurope, Asia, and Latin American. Connorhas published over 80 peer reviewed journal articles, reviews, reports, andbook chapters on issues related to palliative care for patients and theirfamilies and is the author of Hospice:Practice, Pitfalls, and Promise (1998), and Hospice and Palliative Care: The Essential Guide (2009) andco-editor of the forthcoming Global Atlasof Palliative Care at the End-of-Life (In-press).

In addition to being a hospice and association executive, he is a researcher and psychotherapist, licensed as a clinical psychologist in two US states. Dr. Connor’s areas of research interest include: bereavement and health, denial in the terminally ill, outcome and performance measurement in end of life care, and evidence based care for the dying. He is a member & former chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the US National Palliative Care Research Center. He also serves on the Board of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

For the last 14 years Dr. Connor has been working on palliative care development internationally in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin American. Connor has published over 80 peer reviewed journal articles, reviews, reports, 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), and Hospice and Palliative Care: The Essential Guide (2009) and co-editor of the forthcoming Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End-of-Life (In-press).