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Christian M. Connell, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Associate Director: Child Maltreatment Solutions Network

Email

Phone

  814-867-6467

Office

217 Health and Human Development Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Brief Bio

Christian M. Connell, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and a faculty member with the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State University. Dr. Connell received his Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina and completed pre- and postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the experiences of youth who have been maltreated, as well as those who become involved in the child welfare system and other child-serving systems (e.g., mental health, juvenile justice). His research examines individual, family, and contextual risk and protective processes that impact child behavioral health and wellbeing following incidents of maltreatment or child welfare system contact, as well as community-based efforts to prevent or treat the negative effects of maltreatment and other traumatic experiences in children and adolescents. Dr. Connell’s research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Administration for Children and Families, and State and local contracts.


Education

2001 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

2000 Predoctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

2000 Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, University of South Carolina

1993 B.S., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University


Expertise

child welfare outcomes, administrative data systems, community-based research methods, program and service system evaluation


Research Interests

individual, family, and contextual risk and protective processes that impact child behavioral health and wellbeing following incidents of maltreatment, child welfare system contact, or other traumatic experiences; evaluation of community-level evidence-informed efforts to prevent or treat the negative effects of maltreatment and other traumatic experiences in children and adolescents; use of administrative data systems to inform child welfare system practice and policy initiatives


Labs


Courses

CMAS 466

Community and System Response to Child Maltreatment

HDFS 503

Human Development Intervention: Analysis of Theories and Approaches