Bonnielin Swenor, PhD, MPH is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center and an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She is also an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as a core faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health


Dr. Swenor's research aims to improve the health of people with disabilities and is fueled by her personal experience with vision impairment. To achieve this, Dr. Swenor and her group have concentrated on three interrelated areas:  

  • Aging: This research aims to improve the health and well-being of individuals with visual impairment and other disabilities across the lifespan. 
  • Access to Care: This area of research focuses on identifying health care disparities and improving healthcare utilization, quality, and access for people with disabilities. 
  • Disability Inclusion: By identifying and addressing barriers for people with disabilities across society, Dr. Swenor and her team are working to increase disability inclusion. 


The overarching goal of Dr. Swenor is to maximize health, equity, and inclusion of people with all types of disabilities and shift the paradigm from ‘living with a disability’ to ‘thriving with a disability.’ 


Dr. Swenor received her Master of Public Health and doctorate degrees in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institute on Aging prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University. 





Updated: June 7, 2020

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Bonnielin Swenor, PHD, MPH

Departmental affiliation (Primary)

Associate Professor

  • Director - Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center
  • The Wilmer Eye Institute - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Department of Epidemiology - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health