Jeffrey Vanderploeg, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Child Health and Development Institute (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My work focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating effective policies, systems, and practices for the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions among children and adolescents, and their families. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI), I oversee all children’s mental health initiatives which are currently organized in three areas: 1) School Mental Health; 2) Evidence Based Practices; and 3) Trauma-Informed Care. In each area, we coordinate the implementation of large statewide initiatives and also collect applied research and evaluation data to document the effectiveness of the work in clinical and community settings. Current projects across these areas include serving as the Coordinating Center for the implementation of statewide models including Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS), the School Based Diversion Initiative (, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and the Modular Approach to Therapy with Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC). For each initiative, we have extensive data from practice settings involved in the work. In addition, I’m actively engaged in statewide policy and system development and participate on a number of statewide committees and task forces. In partial fulfillment of PA 13-178 and on behalf of DCF, I was the lead author on the Children’s Behavioral Health Plan ( which lays out a blueprint for the ongoing development of the CT children’s behavioral health system. I also co-chair the Children’s Quality, Access and Policy Subcommittee of the CT Behavioral Health Partnership.


B.A. Calvin College (1999, Psychology)
M.A. Bowling Green State University (2003, Clinical Psychology)
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University (2005, Clinical Psychology)
Predoctoral Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry (2004-2005)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry (2005-2007)

Featured Publications

Vanderploeg, J. Lu, J., Marshall, T., & Stevens, K. (under review). Mobile Crisis Services for Children and Families: Advancing a Community-Based Model in Connecticut. Manuscript submitted to Child & Youth Care Forum.

Hanson, K.E., Saul, D.H., Vanderploeg, J.J., Adnopoz, J., & Painter, M. (2015). Family-Based Recovery: An Innovative Substance Abuse Treatment Model for Families with Young Children. Child Welfare, 94(4), 161-183.

Roberst, Y.H., Bory, C., Franks, R.P., Lang, J., & Vanderploeg, J.J. (January 2013). The Newtown Tragedy and Connecticut’s Trauma-Informed Response. APA Division 37, Section on Child Maltreatment Newsletter.

Bracey, J.R., Foley Geib, C., O’Leary, J.R., Anderson, A., Herscovitch, L., O’Connell, M., & Vanderploeg, J.J. (2012). “Connecticut’s Comprehensive Approach to Reducing In-School Arrests: Changes in Statewide Policy, Systems Coordination, and School Practices.” In Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court: A Collection of Reports to Inform the National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships. A publication of the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children: Albany, NY.

Tebes, J.K., Cook, E.C., Vanderploeg, J.J., Feinn, R., Chinman, M.J., Shepard, J., Brabham, T., & Connell, C.M. (2011). Parental Knowledge and Substance Use among African American Adolescents: Influence of Gender and Grade Level. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 406-413.

Vanderploeg, J.J. & Bracey, J.R. (2011, Winter). The School-Based Diversion Initiative. CYF News, p. 9-11. American Psychological Association, Division of Children Youth and Families.

Connell, C.M., Cook, E.C., Aklin, W.M., Vanderploeg, J.J. & Brex, R.A (2011). Risk and protective factors associated with patterns of antisocial behavior among nonmetropolitan adolescents. Aggressive Behavior, 37, 98-106.

Connell, C.M., Vanderploeg, J.J., Katz, K.H., Saunders, L., & Tebes, J.K. (2009). Maltreatment following reunification: Predictors of subsequent child protective service contact after children return home. Child Abuse & Neglect, 33, 218-228.

Vanderploeg, J.J., Franks, R.P., Plant, R., Cloud, M., & Tebes, J.K. (2009). Extended Day Treatment: A Comprehensive Model of After School Behavioral Health Services for Youth. Child & Youth Care Forum, 38, 5-18.

Tebes, J.K., Feinn, R., Vanderploeg, J.J., Chinman, M.J., Shepard, J., Brabham, T., Genovese, M., & Connell, C.M (2007). Impact of a positive youth development intervention in urban after-school settings on the prevention of adolescent substance use. Journal of Adolescent Health, 41, 239-247.

Vanderploeg, J.J. Connell, C.M., Caron, C., Saunders, L., Katz, K.H., & Tebes, J.K. (2007). The impact of parental alcohol or drug removals on the placement experiences of children in foster care: A matched comparison group study. Child Maltreatment, 12, 125-136.

Connell, C.M., Vanderploeg, J.J., Flaspohler, P., Katz, K.H., Saunders, L., & Tebes, J.K. (2006). Changes in placement among children in foster care: A longitudinal study of child, family, and case influences. Social Service Review, 80, 398-418.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressChild Health and Development Institute
270 Farmington Ave. Suite 367
Farmington, CT 06032