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Jeffrey Pella, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Pella is a research child psychologist. After graduating from Roger Williams University with a degree in psychology, Dr. Pella received a master of science degree in developmental psychopathology and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Reading, U.K. He came to UConn as a postdoctoral fellow working in the clinical research lab of Dr. Golda Ginsburg in West Hartford. Dr. Pella has published in the area of developmental psychopathology, pediatric anxiety, anxiety treatment and other internalizing disorders in children and parents. He also plays an active role in medical education as part of the coaching program, precepting Delivery of Clinical Care (DoCC), facilitating Vertically Integrated Teams Aligned in Learning (VITAL) and Scholarship & Discovery. He is also the chair of admissions for the school of medicine and a member of the Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education (CUME).

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

Post-Graduate Training
PostdoctoralUniversity of ConnecticutPostdoctoral Fellowship

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

Delivery of Clinical Care (DoCC)

Vertically Integrated Teams Aligned in Learning (VITAL)

Scholarship & Discovery

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/ConferenceMemberUConn HealthRegional2019
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

Teacher Anxiety Program for Elementary Students (TAPES) is an innovative teacher training program that is informed by empirically supported cognitive behavioral strategies for anxiety reduction. The project is a randomized control trial, comparing the effectivess of the TAPES program to a standard pediatric anxiety teacher professional development training. TAPES is designed as a one day in person teacher training with subsequent consultation and classroom performance-based feedback to facilitate acquisition of teacher knowledge and high quality skill development. TAPES utilizes conjoint meetings with parents and students to improve communication, teacher-student-parent relationship quality, and generalization of skills. 

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

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