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.
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.
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
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.