Dr. O’Donnell is Founder, President and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Health Promotion. In October, 2012, Dr. O’Donnell became Director of the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center (HMRC).
He has helped more than 100 employers, health care organizations, government agencies, foundations, and health promotion providers develop new and refine existing health promotion programs and has served in leadership roles in four major health systems. He is also Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Health Promotion Advocates, a non-profit policy group created to integrate health promotion strategies into national policy. Health Promotion Advocates was successful in developing six provisions that passed as part of health care reform. He has co-authored 6 books and workbooks, including Health Promotion in the Workplace, which was in continuous publication for 27 years, and more than 180 articles, book chapters and columns. He has presented more than 230 keynote and workshop presentations on six continents, and served on boards and committees for 47 non-profit and for-profit organizations.
He earned a PhD in Health Behavior from University of Michigan, an MBA in General Management and an MPH in Hospital Management, both from University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in psychobiology from Oberlin College. He attended high school and was later a Senior Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor in Seoul Korea.