Dr. Connell is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health and Associate Director of the Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Her research and teaching focuses on the impact of the psychological and social context of health behavior and illness self-management, within a lifespan developmental perspective.
HBEHED627: Chronic Illness Interventions: Infancy to Young Adulthood
HBEHED628: Chronic Illness Interventions: Midlife to Older Adulthood
HBEHED630: Aging and Health Behavior
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 1986
M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 1983
B.A., Psychology, Juniata College, 1980
Dr. Connell completed post-doctoral training in Behavioral Cardiovascular Risk Reduction at the Center for Health Behavior Research at the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.
Research Interests & Projects
Dr. Connell's research interests include dementia family caregiving, knowledge and attitudes about dementia and dementia diagnosis, psychosocial context of chronic illness and multimorbidity among older adults, role of physical activity in chronic illness self-management and mental and physical health outcomes, the role of pets in the support networks of older adults, and the impact of older adults' life transitions (e.g., driving reduction and cessation) on family communication and caregiving.
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Janevic, M. R., McLaughlin, S. J., & Connell, C. M. (In press). Rounding up: Overestimation of physical activity among a nationally-representative sample of underactive individuals with diabetes.
McLaughlin, S., Jette. A., & Connell, C. M (In press). Healthy aging in America: Do different operational definitions matter?
McLaughlin, S. J., Connell, C. M, Li, L., Heeringa, S. G., & Roberts, J. S. (2010). Successful aging in the United States: Prevalence estimates from a nationally-representative sample of older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 65B, 216-226.
Connell, C.M., Janevic, M. (2009). Effects of a telephone-based exercise intervention for dementia caregiving wives: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 28, 171-194.
Connell, C.M., Roberts, J.S., McLaughlin, S.J. Akinleye, D. (2009). Racial differences in knowledge and beliefs about Alzheimer Disease. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 23, 110-116.
Connell, C.M., Roberts, J.S., McLaughlin, S.J. (2007). Public opinion about Alzheimer disease among Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites: Results from a national survey. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 21, 232-240.
Connell, C.M., Janevic, M.R., Solway, E., McLaughlin, S. (2007). Are pets a source of support or added burden for maried couples facing dementia? Journal of Applied Gerontology, 26, 472-485.
Connell, C. M, Janevic, M. R., & Gallant, M. P. (2001). Costs of caring: Impact of dementia on family caregivers. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 14, 179-187.
1986 - Present: Gerontological Society of America