Dr. Connell is a clinical and forensic psychologist with over 30 years of experience providing services to individuals, agencies, and courts. With a concentrated expertise in child sexual abuse, rape, and domestic violence, she has provided services as a testifying expert and consultant in family, civil, criminal, and military courts and has evaluated and treated a broad range of victims and perpetrators.
Dr. Connell is a Fellow and former President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in both Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 42, Independent Practice and a member of Division 41, the American Psychology-Law Society.
Dr. Connell has authored or co-authored a number of books, chapters, and articles in forensic psychology. Books she has coauthored or edited include Evaluation of Parenting Capacity in Child Protection (2011); The Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations: A Comprehensive Guide to Assessment and Testimony (2009); Competence in the Law: From Legal Theory to Clinical Application (2008); and Ethical Practice in Forensic Psychology: A Systematic Model for Decision Making (2006). Chapters and articles are listed on her curriculum vitae.
In addition to maintaining a private forensic and clinical practice Dr. Connell works with the military as a consultant and expert witness in court-martial proceedings. This involves serving as the forensic psychologist consultant to assist the government prosecution or defense in cases in which mental health issues may arise. Principal areas of expertise are sexual assault, domestic violence, and specifically child sexual and physical abuse.