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Rebecca O'Connor PhD, RN

Associate Professor
Nurse Scientist, Seattle Children's Research Institute

My research, teaching and service reflect my commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. I recognize that multiple historical and structural barriers in the US prevent many minority populations from achieving health equity and dissuades their participation in clinical research, further exacerbating inequities. To address the former, my research seeks to reduce type 1 diabetes (T1D)-related disparities in youth by describing and ultimately mitigate factors that negatively affect health care providers’ decision-making. My previous research explored disparities in T1D prevalence rates among minority youth and identified barriers/facilitators to pediatric clinical research participation in the East African community. To address the latter (a lack of diversity among clinical research participants), I work with Seattle Children’s and the Institute of Translational Health Sciences as they partner with communities to ensure that future research benefits us all. I am a member of the School’s Diversity Committee, helped lead the development of the School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan, and represent the School on the University of Washington Diversity Council. I received the School of Nursing’s student nominated Excellence in Promoting Diversity Through Teaching in 2016.

What classes do you teach?

  • NMETH 403 Introduction to Research in Nursing
  • NURS 419 Transition to Professional Practice

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

My inspiring colleagues who continually push me to be a better person, nurse, teacher, and researcher. The passion and commitment for health equity and inclusion work at all levels. The dogged dedication to finding innovative ways of improving the health of individuals and communities locally and globally. And I do love the color purple.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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University of Washington School of Nursing
Box 357262
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195-7262