Dr. Connell’s research focuses on the social context of chronic illness among older adults and their family caregivers, particularly diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease. Her research interests include chronic disease self-management, dementia family caregiving, and the role of physical activity in heart disease and diabetes self-management. Dr. Connell’s current research includes: a) a randomized controlled trial of a heart disease self-management program for older African Americans in Detroit; b) an assessment of dementia care coordination; c) an investigation of the availability of family care resources for people with dementia; d) and exploration of the role of companion animals in the support networks of older adults.
- Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University School of Public Health
- M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University School of Public Health
- B.S., Psychology, Juniata College