Cathleen M Connell, Ph.D.

Cathleen Connell

Chair, Department of Health Behavior & Health Education

Professor, Department of Health Behavior & Health Education

3790 SPH I      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Department: (734) 764-9494; Fax: (734) 763-7379; Office: (734) 647-3189


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dr. Connell is Chair and Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health and Interim Director of the Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Her research focuses on the psychological and social context of chronic disease self-management within a lifespan developmental perspective.

Courses Taught

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 opf 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; the 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.

Selected Publications

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Roberts, J.S., McLaughlin, S.J., & Connell, C.M. (2014). Public knowledge and beliefs about risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's and Dementia, 3, doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2013.07.001.

Rosland, A.M., Heisler, M., Janevic, M.R., Connell, C.M, Langa, K.M., Kerr, E.A., & Piette, J.D. (In Press). Current and potential support for chronic disease management in the United States: The perspective of family and friends of chronically ill adults. Families, Systems and Health, 31, 119-31.

Connell, C.M., Harmon A., Janevic, M.R., & Kostyniuk, L. (2013). Older adults' driving reduction and cessation: Perspectives of adult children Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32, 975-996.

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.

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, 67, 783-789.

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.

Professional Affiliations

1986 - Present: Gerontological Society of America