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Jeffrey Pella, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
65 Kane Street, Room 2034
West Hartford, CT 06119

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Pella earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Roger Williams University, Rhode Island. He then pursued and completed his Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Developmental Psychopathology and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Developmental Psychology from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Dr. Pella is a faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where his expertise lies in the fields of pediatric anxiety and developmental psychology. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, he has made numerous contributions to the academic community through various administrative, educational and committee leadership roles. Since 2022, he has been serving as the Program Director for Scholarship and Discovery, overseeing the development of research projects that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of medicine. Additionally, Dr. Pella holds the position of Program Director for Scholarly Projects for Psychiatry Residents, providing mentorship and guidance to residents. He has been the Course Director for VITAL 1.2 since 2021. Dr. Pella's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is evident through his active involvement in steering committees and his role as a representative for students. He actively contributes to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all members of the medical community. He is a preceptor and content expert in various subjects, including anxiety disorders and child psychopathology.

Dr. Pella's contributions to the field extend to national and regional levels. He has been invited to speak at prestigious conferences and has numerous publications in prominent journals. Furthermore, he has successfully secured grants and played pivotal roles in research studies focused on pediatric anxiety, affirming his commitment to advancing the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Pella also gives talks on admissions and the medical school application process.

B.A.Roger Williams UniversityPsychology
M.Sc.University of ReadingDevelopmental Psychopathology
Ph.D.University of ReadingDevelopmental Psychology

Post-Graduate Training
PostdoctoralUniversity of ConnecticutPediatric Anxiety

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
HonorsCenter for Health Intervention and Prevention Member (UConn CHIP)
MemberPhi Alpha Theta
MemberPsi Chi

Pediatric anxiety assessment

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Scholarship & Discovery (Program Director)

Vertically Integrated Teams Aligned in Learning (Course Director)

Delivery of Clinical Care (Preceptor)

Formulating Research Questions (Content Expert)

Research Design and Validity (Content Expert)

Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders (Content Expert)

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Content Expert)

Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders (Content Expert)

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Content Expert)

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
UConn School of Medicine Admissions CommitteeOtherChairUConn HealthUniversity2019
Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education (CUME)OtherMemberUConn HealthUniversity2019
TrialsProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational2019
Northeast Consortium on Medical EducationWorkshop/ConferenceMemberExternalRegional2019
Child and Youth Services ReviewProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational2018
Child Care Youth ForumProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational2018
UConn School of Medicine Admissions CommitteeOtherMemberUConn HealthUniversity2017
Psychopathology ReviewProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational2011
Journal of Experimental PsychopathologyProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational2011

The development, maintance, and treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders.

Please contact me for opportunities related to the Scholarship and Discovery course.

Journal Articles

  • A comparison of two teacher trainings on student anxiety
    Ginsburg, G. S., Pella, J. E., DeVito, A., & Chan, G. School Psychology International 2023 Aug;
  • Therapist and therapy-related predictors of outcomes in a randomized controlled trial of school-based treatments for pediatric anxiety
    Orlando, C. M., Caron, E., Smith, I. C., Harrison, T. J., Ginsburg, G. S., & Pella, J. E. Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. 2022 Dec;
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of School-Based Treatments for Anxiety Disorders.
    Ginsburg, Golda S; Pella, Jeffrey E; Slade, Eric The journal of mental health policy and economics 2022 Sep;25(3):91-103
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of School-Based Treatments for Anxiety Disorders
    Ginsburg, G. S., Pella, J. E., & Slade. E. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 2022 Mar;
  • Teacher Knowledge of Anxiety and Use of Anxiety Reduction Strategies in the Classroom.
    Ginsburg, G. S., Pella, J. E., Ogle, R. R., DeVito, A., Raguin, K., & Chan, G. Journal of Psychologists and Counselors in Schools. 2021 Sep;
  • Teacher Anxiety Program for Elementary Students (TAPES): An Open Trial.
    Piselli, K., Pella, J. E., Chan, G., & Ginsburg, G. S. Education and Treatment of Children 2021 Jun;
  • Teacher Accommodation, Student Avoidance and Pediatric Anxiety
    Ginsburg, G. S., Pella, J. E., DeVito, A., Chan, G. Journal of Psychologists and Counselors in Schools. 2021 Jan;
  • School-Based Clinicians Sustained Use of a Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Anxiety Disorders.
    LoCurto, J., Pella, J., Chan, G., & Ginsburg, G. School Mental Health 2020 Jul;
  • School Connectedness and Child Anxiety
    Pikulski, P. J., Pella, J. E., Casline, E. P., Hale, A., Drake, K. L., & Ginsburg, G. S. Journal of Psychologists and Counselors in Schools. 2020 Mar;
  • Pediatric Anxiety Disorders: A Cost of Illness Analysis.
    Pella, Jeffrey E; Slade, Eric P; Pikulski, Paige J; Ginsburg, Golda S Journal of abnormal child psychology 2020 Feb;
  • Caregiver Report of the Utilization of School-Based Services and Supports Among Clinically Anxious Youth
    LoCurto, J., Pella, J.E., Chan, G., & Ginsburg, G.S. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. 2020 Jan;
  • Teacher Anxiety Program for Elementary Students (TAPES): intervention development and proposed randomized controlled trial.
    Ginsburg, Golda S; Pella, Jeffrey E; Piselli, Kate; Chan, Grace Trials 2019 Dec;20(1):792
  • Concordance between clinician, supervisor and observer ratings of therapeutic competence in CBT and treatment as usual: does clinician competence or supervisor session observation improve agreement?
    Caron, E B; Muggeo, Michela A; Souer, Heather R; Pella, Jeffrey E; Ginsburg, Golda S Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy 2019 Dec;1-14
  • School-Based Treatment for Anxiety Research Study (STARS): a Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial.
    Ginsburg, Golda S; Pella, Jeffrey E; Pikulski, Paige J; Tein, Jenn-Yun; Drake, Kelly L Journal of abnormal child psychology 2019 Nov;
  • Children’s Perceptions of Barriers to Session Attendance in School-based Treatment for Anxiety
    Pella, J. E., Ginsburg, G. S., Casline, E., Pikulski, P. J., & Drake, K. L. School Mental Health 2018 Feb;(10):417–427
  • Parental responses to children’s avoidance in fear-provoking situations: relation to child anxiety and mediators of intervention response
    Casline, E. Pella, J. E., Drake, K. Ginsburg, G.S. Child Youth and Care Forum 2018 Jan;
  • Child Anxiety Prevention Study: Impact on Functional Outcomes.
    Pella, Jeffrey E; Drake, Kelly L; Tein, Jenn-Yun; Ginsburg, Golda S Child psychiatry and human development 2016 Jul;48400-410
  • Socially anxious mothers' narratives to their children and their relation to child representations and adjustment.
    Murray, Lynne; Pella, Jeff E; De Pascalis, Leonardo; Arteche, Adriane; Pass, Laura; Percy, Ray; Creswell, Catharine; Cooper, Peter J Development and psychopathology 2014 Nov;26(4 Pt 2):1531-46

Book Chapters

  • Internalizing Disorders
    Pella, J. E., Hale, A. E., & Ginsburg, G. S. SAGE encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology 2017 Jul;

Conference Papers

  • Teacher Anxiety Program for Elementary Students (TAPES): Description and Outcomes.
    Ginsburg, G. S., Pella, J. E., DeVito, A., & Chan, G.
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Navigating the Medical School ApplicationTalkThe Student National Medical Association2023
The Evolving Status of Research in Medical Education. TalkUniversity of Connecticut Health Leaders2023
Pre-Healthcare Panel DiscussionPanel DiscussionMedical Minds Matter 2023
School-based clinicians sustained use of a cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety.PosterResearch and Policy Conference2019
The teacher anxiety program for elementary students: Open trial results.TalkNational Association of School Psychologists2019
The Cost of Illness of Pediatric Anxiety Disorders.PosterAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies2017