Prevention Scientist Seminar with Christian Connell, Ph.D.

Christian Connell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Associate Director, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, The Pennsylvania State University

  • Tuesday April 23, 2019 from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
  • 312 Biobehavioral Health Building

About the Speaker: Christian Connell, Ph.D., engages in research that 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). As a clinical-community psychologist, he uses applied research methods that engage system leaders, policymakers, and practitioners in research to address critical systems issues, evaluate effects of program and policy initiatives, and promote effective system change. Dr. Connell also uses a trauma-informed social-ecological framework to examine individual, family, and other contextual influences on the relation of maltreatment to child behavioral health outcomes. His research examines the effects of maltreatment and other adverse experiences on child and adolescent mental health and well-being, their system involvement trajectories, and the effects of interventions to reduce negative outcomes of these experiences. He also conducts research on system-change initiatives to improve organizational capacity to meet the needs of children and families.