Richard O’Connor, PhD

Principal Investigator

  • Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
  • Undergrad: BA in Psychology, George Washington University
  • Doctorate: PhD in Biobehavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University
  • "Aha” moment: My approach to research is to find ways to apply real-world scenarios to address current problems in tobacco control policy and tobacco regulatory science.

Email: Richard.O'

Kristie (June) Kibby, MA

Translational Research Scientist

  • Hometown: Montgomery, NY
  • Undergrad: BS in Psychology, University at Buffalo
  • Graduate: Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience, University at Buffalo
  • Role: The most interesting part of my role in the lab is seeing a project through from beginning protocol to publication / presentation. I lend a hand in each role of the research process and lead a team through its success. It’s incredibly rewarding to see how our innovative research can be applied to other areas of science to help guide future studies and achieve exciting new goals.


Brian Fix, MA

Senior Research Specialist

  • Hometown: Franklinville, NY
  • Undergrad: BA in Psychology, University at Buffalo
  • Graduate: MA in Informatics, University at Buffalo
  • Role: I work with an incredible team to collect data on nicotine products and related behaviors and turn it into an evidence base for public health policy. The best part of my job is mentoring graduate students in research methods and data analysis.


Lab alumni

  • Destiny Diaz, PhD (2023)
  • Akshika Sharma, PhD (2022)
  • Afsaneh Mollaie, MS (2021)
  • Liane Schneller, MS (2014), PhD (2019)
  • Anushree Sharma, MPH (2010), PhD (2017)

Connect with the O'Connor Lab

Email: Richard.O'
Phone: 716-845-3456

Department of Health Behavior
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263