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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
Scholarship and Discovery Operating CommitteeMemberUConn HealthState2022
Student Diversity Equity and Inclusion CommitteeEducation CommitteeFaculty memberUConn HealthUniversity2021
VITAL Operating CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2021
VITAL Curriculum Development CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2021
Psychiatry Departmental Grading CommitteeEducation CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2021
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

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