Mary O'Connell

Mary O'Connell , MA

Public Health Advisor
Office of the Associate Director (OAD)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)

Mary O'Connell first came to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellow in the Health Communication Internship Program in 2005. In 2006, Mary became a Federal Contractor in support of the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB). Mary then transitioned to become a Program Analyst in the Office of the Associate Director (OAD) and later a Public Health Advisor. Mary manages communication activities and provides program analysis and scientific support for the Behavioral Research Program (BRP), within the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Mary holds a Master of Arts degree in Health Communication from Emerson College in Collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from University at Buffalo, the State University of New York.

As communication manager for BRP, Mary disseminates extramural funding opportunities and research project information through scientific presentations, fact sheets, briefing reports, and web content. Mary contributes to intramural research activities, including peer-reviewed journal submissions and scientific conference participation. Some of Mary's specific key functionalities include website management, publication clearance, special events, and the Program's e-newsletter, the BRP Bulletin. Mary is the BRP communication liaison for the DCCPS Office of the Director and Program Branch Chiefs.

Current and past BRP mentors include Bob Vollinger and Paige Green-McDonald.

Current and past BRP mentees include Donna Hopkins and Brian Keefe.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Green McDonald P., O'Connell M., & Lutgendorf S. K. Psychoneuroimmunology and cancer: A decade of discovery, paradigm shifts, and methodological innovations.. Brain Behav Immun 2013; 30(Suppl):S1-S9.

Klein, W. & O'Connell, M. Psychological scientists can look to the National Cancer Institute for funding and research resources.. Psychol. Sci. Agenda 2012.

Ferrer, R. A., McDonald, P., & O'Connell, M. Funding for Basic Psychological Science at the National Cancer Institute. . Observer 2012; 25(5).

Hesse BW, O'Connell M, Augustson EM, Chou WY, Shaikh AR, Rutten LJ. Realizing the promise of Web 2.0: engaging community intelligence. J Health Commun 2011; 16(Suppl 1):10-31.

McDonald, P., O'Connell, M., Nelson, W., & Klein, W. The National Cancer Institute: A hub for psychological and behavioral sciences. Observer 2009; 22(5):23-26.

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