- Clinical Professor
- Department of Psychiatry
- University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR)
1747 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago IL 60612
Dr. Connolly is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago, who has been on faculty at UIC since 1992. She is a nationally recognized expert in pediatric anxiety disorders and has many publications in this area. Dr. Connolly is principal author of The AACAP Practice Parameters for the Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents. She has a special interest in selective mutism.
Dr. Connolly has received numerous awards for teaching excellence from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program at UIC/IJR, as well as the Teaching Recognition Program Award from the UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Dr. Connolly co-developed the Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Module (a Clinical Simulation Initiative e-Module) recently published on the ADMSEP website to assist with nationwide medical student clinical education and training. She continues to be actively involved with teaching and training at UIC.
Dr. Connolly served as Director of the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at UIC from 2000-2015, where she coordinated a multidisciplinary team that emphasized an integration of CBT, family therapy, medications, and school interventions. She has been voted to “Best Doctors in America”, “Regional Top Doctors” and “Chicago Super Doctors” in recognition of her clinical excellence. She continues to provide consultation and training to schools settings, health professionals and parent groups with the goal of increasing early detection and availability of evidence-informed interventions for children with anxiety disorders.
Dr. Connolly is board certified in Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She earned her MD at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, completed her residency in general psychiatry at UIC, and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at University of Chicago.
Pediatric anxiety disorders, selective mutism, PTSD, school consultation, CBT, family therapy,
cultural psychiatry, mental health training & professional development, supervision &
Connolly, S. (Chief Editor), Wright, T., Nierman, P., & Starin, A. (Associate Editors) (2002): Curriculum for Mental Health Providers Serving Children, Adolescents, and Families in Community Settings in Illinois. University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago, IL.
Connolly, S., Simpson, D., Petty, C. (2006). Anxiety Disorders. C. E. Collins (Ed. ). Book Series on Psychological Disorders (geared toward high school and middle school students). Chelsea House Publishers.
Connolly, S.D., Bernstein, G.A. (principal authors) and members of the Work Group on Quality Issues (2007). Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents, Journal American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(2): 267-283.
Connolly, S.D. and Nanayakkara, S. D. (2010) Anxiety Disorders in Children: Common- But Often Missed. Consultant for Pediatricians, 9(11): 397-404.
Connolly, S.D., Suarez, L., Sylvester, C. (2011). Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Current Psychiatry Reports, 13(2): 99-110.
Heilman, K.J., Connolly, S.D., Padilla, W.O., Wrzosek, M.I., Graczyk, P.A., Porges, S.W. (2012). Sluggish vagal brake reactivity to physical challenge in children with selective mutism. Development and Psychopathology, 24(1):241-250.
Simpson, D., Suarez, L., Connolly. S. (2012) Treatment and Outcomes for Anxiety Disorders Among Children and Adolescents: A Review of Coping Strategies and Parental Behaviors. Current Psychiatry Reports, 14(2): 87-95.
Beidas, R.S., Suarez, L., Simpson, D., Read, K., Wei, C., Connolly, S. & Kendall, P. (2012). Contextual factors and anxiety in minority and European American youth presenting for treatment across two urban university clinics. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26(4), 544-554.
Peters, T.E. and Connolly, S. (2012), Psychopharmacological Treatment for Pediatric Anxiety Disorders. Child Adolesc Psychiatric Clin N Am, 21(4), 789-806.
Levin-Decanini, T., Connolly, S.D., Simpson, D., Suarez, M. & Jacob, S. (2013). Comparison of behavioral profiles for anxiety-related comorbidities including ADHD and selective mutism in children. Depression and Anxiety, 30(9): 857-864.
Wehry, A.M., Beesdo-Baum, K., Hennelly, M.M., Connolly, S.D., Strawn, J.R. (2015). Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Current Psychiatry Reports, 17(7):591. Graczyk, P.A. & Connolly, S.D. (2015). Anxiety disorders. T. Gullotta, M. Evans & R. Plant (Eds.). The Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment, Second Edition. Springer Academic Publishing.
Kujawa, A., Swain, J.E., Hanna, G.L., Koschmann, E., Simpson, D., Connolly, S., Fitzgerald, K.D., Monk, C.S., Phan K.L. (2016). Prefrontal Reactivity to Social Signals of Threat as a Predictor of Treatment Response in Anxious Youth. Neuropsychopharmacology, 41(8): 1983-90.
Connolly, S.D., Suarez, L.M., Victor, A.M., Zagoloff, A.D., Bernstein, G.A. (2016). Anxiety Disorders. M.K. Dulcan (Ed). Dulcan’s Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Second Edition. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
Bunford, N., Kujawa, A., Fitzgerald, K.D., Swain, J.E., Hanna, G.L., Koschmann, E., Simpson, D., Connolly, S., Monk, C.S., Phan, K.L. (2017). Neural reactivity to angry faces predicts treatment response in pediatric anxiety. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45(2): 385-395.
Graczyk, P.A., Hennelly, M.M., Connolly, S.D. (2017). Anxiety disorders in childhood. T. P. Gullotta & G. Blau (Eds.) Handbook of Childhood Behavioral Issues: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment, Second Edition. New York, Taylor & Francis Publishing.
Simpson, D., Suarez, L.M , Cox, L., & Connolly, S. (2018). The role of coping strategies in understanding the relationship between parental social support and psychological outcome in anxious youth. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. 1-15.
Lichtor, S., Afzal, K., Shapiro, J., Drossos, T., Radwan, K., Anam, S., & Connolly, S. (2018). Anxiety: A primer for the pediatrician. Current Treatment Options in Pediatrics, 4(1): 70-93.
Connolly, S. Psychiatrist in the film and Psychiatric Consultant. “The World of Z”. Documentary by Brad Besser and Vince Clemente. Winner Best Documentary at Hollywood Film Festival. 2012
Roberson-Moore, T., Connolly, S., Plantegenest, G. & Patel, D. (2019). Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Module (Clinical Simulation Initiative e-Module). Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) Clinical Simulation Initiative (CSI).