Faculty and Staff
Jorgia B. Connor, PhD, RN
Title/s: Assistant Professor
Office #: BVM, Room 911, LSC
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
BSN, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1987
Chronic stress and chronic disease outcomes (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes) among the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) population; occupational and environmental health; immigrant and vulnerable population health; cross-cultural methodology
Jorgia Connor’s research interest is in the area of health promotion and psychosocial well-being in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) population. Her dissertation research focused on occupational stress, coping, and adaptation experiences of Filipino immigrant nurses. Her overall interest and future research trajectory is understand the determinants of chronic disease development in immigrant women, particularly the relationship among stress, health behaviors (such as diet and physical activity), obesity and the development of cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Her current work will utilize the allostatic load framework to examine the physiological pathways between chronic stress and chronic disease; this study will highlight the use of a hair cortisol as a novel biomarker of stress
Dr. Connor teaches in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at the Niehoff School of Nursing. Her teaching includes courses in community health nursing concepts and foundations in nursing practice. Dr. Connor has been instrumental in developing and updating courses for the RN to BSN online program. Dr. Connor is a mentor for graduate students and serves as an adviser for their comprehensive examinations.
Dr. Connor is an actively involved member of the Undergraduate Program and Research committees within the Niehoff College of Nursing. She serves on several academic task force committees and participates in health fairs facilitated by faculty and staff of Loyola.
Dr. Connor’s graduate training was supported in part by the Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center (ERC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She continues to be involved with the ERC which provides graduate training for various disciplines (e.g. industrial hygiene, occupational epidemiology, occupational medicine) by serving as a reviewer for their internal grants and funding and as guest lecturer for their seminar series.