Rob McConnell

Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences and Spatial Sciences
Rob S. McConnell
Email Office SSB 230D Office Phone 323-442-1593


Dr. Rob McConnell is a physician and environmental epidemiologist, and Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences and Spatial Sciences. He directs the NIH/Environmental Protection Agency-supported Southern California Children’s Environmental Health Center.

He has studied the effects of air pollution on children’s health, including the development of asthma and lung function deficits, and early markers for cardiovascular disease. Dr. McConnell has investigated susceptibility to the effects of environmental exposures conferred by psychosocial stress and social factors, exercise, genetics and co-exposures associated with housing conditions. He has interest, in addition, in the development of methods for estimating the burden of disease associated with near-roadway air pollution and for assessing exposure in environmental epidemiology.

Currently funded research is focused on environmental determinants of autism and of obesity and its metabolic consequences in children; on respiratory hazards of e-cigarette use; and on the determinants of tobacco product use as a project director in the USC Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science. He co-directs the NIEHS T32 training program in environmental genomics and the Career Development Program of the NIEHS-supported Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center.

Prior to coming to USC, he directed a World Health Organization regional environmental health center for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr. McConnell is a member of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Particulate Matter Panel. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He has over 160 published peer-reviewed articles.


  • M.D. , University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco Stanford University