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James Connell

James E. Connell, PhD

Associate Professor

School of Education



Connell has a doctorate in school psychology, is a nationally certified school psychologist and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He also currently serves as clinical director for Eastern Region Autism Service Education Research and Training (ASERT). Connell’s former appointment was in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine with a secondary appointment in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Center for Autism Research (CAR). Prior to Penn, he was an assistant professor at Temple University. While his research interests are varied, one main theme has emerged over the years: identifying the variables that influence adult behavior change in community settings that facilitate the implementation of evidence-based therapies. To this end, he has researched and extensively studied models of community-based consultation and their relative effectiveness on program implementation for special needs populations.

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In the News

  • Researchers Still Don't Know Why N.J. Has Highest Autism Rate in Country

    Jim Connell, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Education and clinical core director in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in an April 13 Philly Voice story about high autism diagnosis rates in New Jersey.

  • Drexel's autism institute hits the road

    Jennifer Plumb, DSW, director of the outreach core in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal article on April 22 about the institute’s new Mobile REACH van for outreach and research. The Westphal College was also mentioned for holding a competition among students to create the van’s customized interior and exterior design.

  • Studying movement and learning in autism

    Dr. James Connell, clinical director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, was quoted in an August 4 Philadelphia Inquirer article about discrete trial training in autism research.

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