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 chronic disease, the impact of the psychological and social context of health behavior and 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 Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine.
Research Interests & Projects
Dr. Connell's research interest include dementia family caregiving, knowledge and attitudes about dementia and dementia diagnosis, and role of physical activity in diabetes self-management and mental and physical health outcomes, the role of pets in the support networks of older adults, the impact of older adults' life transitions (e.g., driving reduction and cessation) on family caregiving, and using art as a means to retain identity in the case of dementia.
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Connell, C.M., Harmon A., Janevic, M.R., & Kostyniuk, L. (In Press). Older adults' driving reduction and cessation: Perspectives of adult children Journal of Applied Gerontology
Janevic, M.R., McLaughlin, S.J., & Connell, C.M. (2013). The association of diabetes complications with physical activity in a representative sample of older adults in the United States Chronic Illness, 9, 251-257.
Roberts, J.S., McLaughlin, S.J., & Connell, C.M. (In Press). Public knowledge and beliefs about risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's and Dementia
Janevic, M. R., McLaughlin, S. J., & Connell, C. M. (2012). Rounding up: Overestimation of physical activity among a nationally-representative sample of underactive individuals with diabetes. Medical Care, 50, 441-445.
Janevic, M.R., Rosland, A.M., Wiitala, W., Connell, C.M., & Piette, J.D. (2012). Providing support to relatives and friends managing both chronic physical illness and depression: The view of a national sample of U.S. adults. Patient Education and Counseling, 89, 191-198.
McLaughlin, S.J., Jette, A., & Connell (2012). An examination of healthy aging across a conceptual continuum: Prevalance estimates, demographic patterns, and validity Journal of Gerontology: Biological Science and Medical Sciences
Janevic, M.R., Janz, N., Connell, C.M., Kaciroti, N., & Clark, N.M. (2011). Progression of symptoms and functioning among female cardiac patients with and without diabetes Journal of Women's Health, 20, 107-115.
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.
1986 - Present: Gerontological Society of America