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Christian M. Connell, PhD

Associate Professor Adjunct, Psychiatry; Co-Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Child Development and Epidemiological Research, The Consultation Center

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Christian M. Connell, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    389 Whitney Avenue

    New Haven, CT, 06511

    United States


Christian M. Connell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Co-director of the Division of Prevention and Community Research at Yale School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina and completed predoctoral and postdoctoral training at The Consultation Center at Yale University, Department of Psychiatry. His research interests address contextual risk and protective processes that influence behavioral and other outcomes for child and adolescent populations exposed to trauma and adversity, with a particular focus on children and families involved with the child welfare and children's behavioral health systems. In addition to evaluation research examining influences on child safety, permanency, and wellbeing in these contexts, Dr. Connell conducts research and evaluation on community-based and family-focused interventions to improve family functioning and child wellbeing following incidents of child maltreatment or foster care placement. His research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and by state and local sources. Dr. Connell has training and expertise in the use of advanced multivariate quantitative data analytic methods to examine risk and protective processes associated with behavioral outcomes for children and adolescents. He teaches a postdoctoral seminar on Data Analytic and Research Methods for Prevention and Community-based Research within the Division of Prevention and Community Research Postdoctoral Training Program in Substance Abuse Prevention.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (2000)
  • BS
    Penn State University/University Park (1993)
  • Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Predoctoral Psychology Fellowship
    Yale University School of Medicine

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Senior Fellow (2008-present)Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut2015
Faculty Fellow (2005-present)Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy2005
Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program July 2003-June 2005. [re-awarded 2005-2007, 2007-2009, 2009-2010]National Institutes of Health, National Center for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)2003

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