Dr. Connors received her Ph.D. in Clinical Child and Community Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. Her work focuses on improving the quality of mental health promotion, prevention and intervention services for underserved children, adolescents and their families in critical access points such as schools, community clinics and primary care settings. Dr. Connors is conducting research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to select and test implementation strategies to increase the use of measurement-based care among school mental health clinicians based on participatory research methods and principles of implementation science. Her projects also focus on effective, strategic implementation of other evidence-based approaches in schools to promote student social and emotional wellbeing and resilience to adversity, stress and trauma. Dr. Connors has expertise with specific implementation strategies including learning collaboratives, effective training/technical assistance and ongoing consultation for clinicians, organizations and state agency leaders within education, health and mental health sectors. Dr. Connors is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she collaborates with the National Center for School Mental Health to advance research, practice, policy and training about comprehensive school mental health system quality and sustainability nationwide.
|Univ. of Washington Research Institute for Implementation Science in Education (RIISE) Fellow||Institute of Education Sciences||2022|
|Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions as a Supervisor||Yale Doctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology||2021|
|Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program||National Institute of Mental Health||2018, 2020, 2021|
|Child Intervention, Prevention and Services (CHIPS) Fellow||National Institute of Mental Health||2016|
|Graduate Psychology Education Fellow||Health Resources and Services Administration||2013|