About Nicole Connolly, Ph.D.
Born and raised in southwestern Virginia, Dr. Connolly became interested in psychology as a teen and began formally pursing those interests as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. Dr. Connolly received her B.A. in Psychology in 2001, earning highest honors for her undergraduate research thesis on adolescent development and depression.
In addition to an academic interest in the science of psychology, Dr. Nicole Connolly has pursued a strong interest in helping and counseling others. During her undergraduate years, she volunteered for 3 years for a student-run community crisis counseling hotline. As a volunteer, she took crisis calls from the community, trained new volunteers on suicide prevention techniques, and worked as the Director of Operations for the organization during her final year at UVA.
After finishing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Nicole Connolly went on to pursue her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a graduate student, Dr. Connolly continued to pursue research on adolescent development, looking more specifically at early childhood predictors of depression and anxiety in adolescents and young adults. In 2002, she received an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Dr. Connolly’s research has appeared in several notable journals.
As part of her graduate education, Dr. Connolly received extensive training and experience in providing mental health services to a wide range of clients. She has had experiences working with clients in a variety of settings, including general outpatient clinics, community mental health centers, and nonpublic schools, and she has trained at several notable agencies throughout the Los Angeles area, including the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, the Child and Family Guidance Center, and the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.
After completing her Ph.D. in 2007, Dr. Connolly was accepted as a postdoctoral fellow specializing in autism spectrum disorders at The Help Group in Sherman Oaks, California. Through her postdoctoral training experiences, Dr. Connolly further broadened her area of expertise to include providing assessment and therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with high functioning autism and Asperger’s disorder.
Dr. Connolly currently operates a private therapy practice in Valencia, California.
Starr, L. R., Hammen, C. L., Connolly, N. P., & Brennan, P. A. (2014). Does relational dysfunction mediate the association between anxiety disorders and later depression? Testing an interpersonal model of comorbidity. Depression & Anxiety, 31, 77-86.
Connolly, N. P., Eberhart, N. K., Hammen, C. L., & Brennan, P.A. (2010). Specificity of stress generation processes: A comparison of adolescents with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and comorbid depression and anxiety. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 3, 368-379.
Espejo, E. P., Hammen, C. L., Connolly, N. P., Brennan, P. A., Najman, J. M., Bor, W., (2006). Stress sensitization and adolescent depressive severity as a function of childhood adversity: A link to anxiety disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 287-299.
Allen, J. P., Insabella, G., Porter, M. R., Smith, F. H., Land, D., & Phillips, N. K., (2006) A social-interactional model of the development of depressive symptoms in adolescence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 55-65.
Phillips, N. K., Hammen, C. L., Brennan, P. A., Najman, J. M., & Bor, W. (2005). Early adversity and the prediction of depressive and anxiety disorders in adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33, 13-24.
Presentations and Posters:
Connolly, N. P., Hammen, C. L., Brennan, P. A., & Najman, J. (2005, November). Predictors of the development of a secondary depressive disorder among adolescents with a primary anxiety disorder. Poster presented at the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Washington, D.C.
Hammen, C., Phillips, N., & Brennan, P. (April, 2005). Early adversity and the prediction of depression and anxiety disorders in adolescents. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, Georgia.
Phillips, N. K., Hammen, C. L., Brennan, P. A., & Najman, J. (November, 2004). Stress Sensitization and Depression in Adolescence. Poster presented at the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Phillips, N. K., Hammen, C. L., & Brennan, P. A. (April, 2004). Predicting Adolescent Anxiety and Depressive Disorders from Early Adversity. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association, Phoenix, Arizona.
Phillips, N. K. (March, 2002). Autonomy, Relatedness, and Depressed Mood in Early Adolescence. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence, New Orleans, Louisiana.