Jeffrey E. Pella, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry, UConn Health (Affiliate)


Research Overview

My principal research interest rests in the intergenerational transmission of anxiety disorders. During my post-graduate studies, I worked as part of a longitudinal study investigating the effects of social phobia and generalized anxiety disorder on mothers’ interactions with their children. I gained the skills necessary to develop detailed coding systems for quantifying mothers’ behavior and discourse during interactions with their children. These coding systems were used in order to elucidate mechanisms in the transmission of anxiety from mother to child. In conjunction with my work in the field of anxiety disorders, I have also developed a strong interest in both behavioral inhibition and infant attachment. Clinically I have experience in the diagnosis of anxiety, mood and behavior disorders in both adults and children. In this capacity I was also trained to administer cognitive behavioral therapy, and, upon learning these techniques, used them to provide treatment to the mothers of anxious children. I also have experience working in child trauma, having coordinated a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Presently, I am a post-doctoral research fellow coordinating a multi-site randomized control trial comparing the effectiveness of usual care and CBT administered in a school based setting.

Education

BA., 2006, Psychology, Roger Williams University

MSc., 2008, Developmental Psychopathology, University of Reading

Ph.D., 2011, Developmental Psychology, University of Reading

Featured Publications

Pella, J. E., (2012). The therapeutic effectiveness of video feedback Part 1- 5. Studi Cognitivi & Psicoterapia e Ricerca. Retrieved from http://www.stateofmind.it/

Pella, J. E., (2011). Your first day of school will be scary! Part 1- 8. Studi Cognitivi & Psicoterapia e Ricerca. Retrieved from http://www.stateofmind.it/

Pella, J. E. (2010). The effect of social phobia on mothers’ cognitions and narrative style: implications for the development of child psychopathology and for correcting distorted cognitions (Doctoral dissertation, The University of Reading).

Murray, L.M., Pella, J., De Pascalis, L., Schofield, E., Arteche, A.,Pass, L., Percy. R., Creswell, C. (accepted by Development and Psychopathology) Socially anxious mothers’ narratives to their children, and their relation to child representations and adjustment.

Pella, J., Murray, L.M., Schofield, E., Arteche, A., Royal-Lawson, M., Creswell, C., et al. (in process)
The effect of social phobia on maternal cognitions, narratives and the possible benefits of video-feedback.

Pella, J., Pass, L., Murray, L.M., Schofield, E., Arteche, A., Royal-Lawson, M., Creswell, C., et al. (2010). Intergenerational factors in the development of child psychopathology. Presented at The World Congress of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, 2010, Boston University, USA.

Pella, J., Pass, L., Murray, L.M., Schofield, E., Arteche, A., Royal-Lawson, M., Creswell, C., et al. (2010). The Effect of Maternal Anxiety on Mother-Child Narratives and Implications for Child Representations. Presented at The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychologists, 2009, Exeter, England

Murray, L., Pella, J., Lau, M., Schofield, E., & Cooper, P. (2009). Intergenerational transmission of social phobia: maternal meaning making processes, and specificity of effects. Annual conference of the European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

Pella, J., Murray, L.M., Schofield, E., Arteche, A., Royal-Lawson, M., Creswell, C., et al. (2009) The Role of Maternal Social Phobia in Mother-Child Narrative Co-Construction. Presented at The Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Conference, 2010, Cardiff, Wales

Murray, L.M., Pella, J., Schofield, E., Arteche, A., Royal-Lawson, M., Creswell, C., et al. (2008). Maternal `meaning-making’ narratives, child representations and social relationships. Presented at The British Psychological Society Conference, 2008, Oxford, England

Murray, L.M., Pella, J., Schofield, E., Arteche, A., Royal-Lawson, M., Creswell, C., et al. (2008). Intergenerational factors in the development of child psychopathology. Presented at BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference, Sept 1-3, 2008, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Contact Information
Emailpella@uchc.edu
Phone860.523.6476