Jennifer A Connolly


Psychology Department Chair

Locations / Contact Info:

296 Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 66245
Fax: 416-736-5814

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


B.A. - 1973
Smith College

Ph.D. - 1981
Concordia University

M.A - 1976
University of Ottawa

Selected Publications

Connolly, J., & Benvenuto, K. (In press). Early Adversity and Sexuality in Emerging Adulthood.   E. Morgan and M. Van Dulmen (Eds), Sexuality in Emerging Adulthood, Oxford University Press.

Asghari, M., Cochrane-Brinks, K, & Connolly, J. (2020). Peer and Dating Aggression Among Early Adolescents Boys and Girls Admitted to a Secure Inpatient Psychiatric Unit: Gender difference and links with Maltreatment, Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma.

Connolly J., & McDonald, K. (2020) Cross-cultural perspectives on dating and marriage.  Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development, Wiley-Blackwell Press.

McDonald, K. P., Connolly, J. C., Roberts, S. D., Ford, M. K., Westmacott, R., Dlamini, N., Tam, E. W. Y., & Williams, T. (2020). A tool to guide early intervention: The adapted Response to Stress Questionnaire for parents following neonatal brain injury. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

Baird, K., McDonald, K., and Connolly, J. (2019), Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in a Southern Ontario Region: Police File Review Exploring Victim Characteristics, Trafficking Experiences and the Intersection with Child Welfare, Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 52, 8-17.

Gennis, H., Di Lorenzo, M., Speigal, R., Martin, J., Connolly, J., & Pillai-Riddell, R. (2019) Does exposure to university researchers improve undergraduate perceptions of research?: A quasi cluster-randomized controlled trial. Innovations in Education and Teaching Internationa, 57, 14-23l.

Heifetz, M., Lake, J., Isaacs, B., Weis, J., & Connolly, J. (2019). Dating and romantic relationships of adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Adolescence, 79, 39-48.

Joly, L., & Connolly, J. (2019). It Can Be Beautiful or Destructive: Street-Involved Youth’s Perceptions of Their Romantic Relationships and Resilience, Journal of Adolescence, 70, 43-52

Connolly, J., Wincentak, K., and Baird, K. (2018) Dating across the life span. Marc Bornstein (Ed), SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development.

Kim, T.H.M., Connolly, J.A., Rotondi, M., & Tamim, H. (2018). Characteristics of positive-interaction parenting style among primparous teenage, optimal age, and advanced age mothers in Canada. BMC Pediatrics, 18(2). DOI 10.1186/s12887-017-0972-z

Leadbeater, B., Temple, J., and Connolly, J. (2018). Changing Your Status in a Changing World: It Is Complicated! A Developmental Systems Framework for Understanding Dating Violence in Adolescents and Young Adults. D. Wolfe & J. Temple (Eds), Adolescent Dating Violence: Theory, Research, and Prevention. Academic Press.

Yu, R., De Bongardt, D., Josephson, W., Pepler, D. and Connolly, J. (2018).  Internalizing symptoms and dating violence perpetration in adolescence. Journal of Adolescence. 69, 88-91.

Bravo, V., Connolly, J., & McIsaac, C. (2017) Why did it end? Break-up reasons of youth of different gender, dating stages and ages. Emerging Adulthood, xx, 1-11

Connolly, J. A., Baird, K., Bravo, V., Lovald, B., Craig, W., Pepler, D. (2017) Adolescents’ Use of Affiliative and Aggressive Strategies During Conflict With Same-Sex Best-Friends and Romantic Partners. In Van de Bongardt, D., Yu, R., Deković, M., & Meeus, W. (Eds.), Romantic relationships and sexuality in adolescence and young adulthood: The role of parents, peers and partners. Oxfordshire, U.K.: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Books (ISBN: 978-1-138-20991-6)

Joly, L., & Connolly, J. (2016). Dating Violence Among High Risk Young Women: A Systematic Review Using Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. Behavioral Sciences. 6(1), 7; doi:10.3390/bs6010007

Lougheed, J. P., Craig, W. M., Pepler, D., Connolly, J., O’Hara, A., Granic, I., & Hollenstein, T. (2016). Maternal and peer regulation of adolescent emotion: Associations with depression symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 963-974.

Wincentak, K., Connolly, J., & Card, N. (2016). Teen Dating Violence: A Meta-Analytic Review of Prevalence Rates. Psychology of Violence. Advance Publication

Connolly, J. A., Baird, K., Bravo, V., Lovald, B., Craig, W., Pepler, D. (2015) Adolescents’ Use of Affiliative and Aggressive Strategies During Conflict With Same-Sex Best-Friends and Romantic Partners. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 24, 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/17405629.2015.1066244

Dhayanandham, B., Bohr, Y., & Connolly, J. (2015). Developmental task attainment and child abuse potential in at-risk adolescent mothers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 1987-1998.

Schnoll, J., Connolly, J., Josephson, W., & Jiang, D. (2015) Same-and cross-gender sexual harassment victimization is middle school: A developmental-contextual perspective. Journal of School Violence DOI:10.1080/15388220.2014.906311

Shulman, S., & Connolly, J. (2015) Romantic Relationships. In J. Arnett, Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood, Oxford University Press

Yamada, S., Pepler, D., Jiang, D., Cappadocia, C., Craig, W., & Connolly, (2015). J. Developmental trajectories of adolescent substance abuse. Journal Of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 2016, 16(1)

Connolly, J. (2014). Outcomes in Emerging Adulthood for Maltreated Youth: A Clinical-Developmental Approach. Child Maltreatment,  DOI: 10.1177/1077559514557932

Connolly, J. et al., (2014). Development of Romantic Relationships In Adolescence and

Emerging Adulthood: Implications for Community Mental Health. Canadian Journal of CommunityMental Health, 33, 7-19. doi:10.7870/cjcmh-2014-002

Connolly, J., & Gordon, R. (2014). Co-Victims of Homicide: A Systematic Review of the Literature, Journal of Trauma, Violence and Abuse, 1-12,

Connolly, J., Heifetz, M., & Boislard, M. (2014). Romantic Relationships in adolescence. M. Claes (Ed.). Development in Adolescence. University of Montreal Press.

Connolly, J., Josephson, W., Schnoll, J., Simkins-Strong, E., Pepler, D., McPherson, A., Moran, M., Weiser, J., & Moore, L. (2014). Evaluation of a school-based, peer-led program for preventing bullying, sexual harassment, and dating aggression in middle schools. Journal of Early Adolescence. Published online October 2014 DOI: 10.1177/0272431614535090.

Kim, T., Connolly, J., & Tamim, H. (2014). The effect of social support around pregnancy on postpartum depression among Canadian teen mothers and adult mothers in the maternity experiences survey. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14:162-173.  doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-162

Rawana, J.S., & Connolly, J. (2014).  Connecting research with policy and practice in Ontario: Creating a common understanding of youth development: An Introduction. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 3, 1-6.

Tamim, H., Al-Sahab, B., and Connolly, J. (2014). Teen Motherhood in Canada. In, A.    

Michaelos (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research (pp. 6594-6599). . Springer Press.

Zimmer-Gembeck, M., Arnhold, V., & Connolly, J.(2014). Intercorrelations of Intimacy and Identity Dating Goals, and Relationship Behaviors and Satisfaction within Heterosexual    Young Couples, Social Sciences, 3, 44-59.

Connolly, J., Nguyen, H., Pepler, D., Craig, W., & Jiang, D. (2013). Developmental trajectories of romantic stages in adolescence, Journal of Adolescence, 36(6), 1013-1024

Dhariwal, A., & Connolly, J. (2013).  Romantic Experiences of Homeland and Diaspora          South Asian Youth: Westernizing Processes of Media and Friends, Journal of Research    on Adolescence, 23(1), 45-56.

Friedlander, L.,  Connolly, J., Pepler, D., & Craig, W. (2013). Extensiveness and   persistence of aggressive media as longitudinal risk factors for teen dating violence. Psychology of Violence.3(4), 310-322.

Shulman, S., & Connolly, J. (2013). The challenge of romantic relationships in emerging adulthood: Reconceptualization of the field. Emerging Adulthood. 1, 1-13.

Connolly, J.A., & Joly, L. (August 2012). Evaluating Outreach Programs for Street-Involved Youth: Systematic Review of Quantitative and Qualitative Research. Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 524-534.

Connolly, J., Heifetz, M. & Bohr, Y. (2012). Pregnancy and motherhood among adolescent girls in child protective services: A meta-synthesis of qualitative research. Journal of Public Child Welfare. 6(5), 614-635.

Shulman, S., Zlotnik, A., Shachar-Shapiro, L., Connolly, J., & Bohr, Y. (2012). Adolescent Daughters' Romantic Competence: The Role of Divorce, Quality of Parenting, and Maternal Romantic History.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41 (5), 593-606.

Zimmer-Gembeck, M., Hughes, N., Kelly, M., & Connolly, J. (August 2012).Intimacy, Identity, and Status: Measuring dating goal in late adolescence and emerging adulthood. Motivation and Emotion, 36 , 311-322..


Canadian Psychological Association

Ontario Psychological Association

Society for Research on Adolescence

American Psychological Association

Society for Research in Child Development

Service/Community Activities

Chair, Department of Psychology

Executive Member LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research

Registered Psychologist – Province of Quebec

Research Scientist, PrevNet


Friend of East Metro Youth Services 2010 - 2010

Fellow, Canadian Psychological Association - 2008

York University Faculty Association Merit Award - 2009

York University Faculty Association Merit Award - 2008

York University Faculty Association Merit Award - 2007

York University Faculty Association Merit Award - 2006

York University Faculty Association Merit Award - 2005


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Dr. Connolly is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the current Department Chair. Broadly speaking she studies adolescent development and mental health with a central focus on the role of role of relationships in promoting resilience, especially those who are under stress and have experienced adversity. Within this research framework her research examines 1) the intersection of romantic relationships and gender based violence. And 2) how a person’s closest relationships, with caregivers, friends and romantic partners, promote coping and resilience or conversely undermine positive adaptation. In partnership with community agencies (York Region Children’s Aid Society and York Region Police) she is conducting research on sex trafficking of underage girls, including identification of risk factors and evidence-based early intervention

Research Projects

1. Project Uriel: Sex Trafficking Risk Assessment (in partnership with YRCAS and YRP).
Role: Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2020
Duration: 3
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Proceeds of Crime Community Policing Grant

2. Youth in Child Welfare and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Impact of COVID-19 on Risky Behaviours of Youth in Care
Role: Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2020
Duration: 2
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Special Funding York University Seed Grant

3. Development and Evaluation of Best Practice Therapeutic Foster Care for Sex Trafficked Girls
(with Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society and York Region Children’s Aid Society).
Role: Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2017
Duration: 7
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Anti-Human Trafficking Community Grant, Province of Ontario

4. Project Gabriel: Understanding Pathways to Underage Sex Trafficking.
(with York Region Police Services)
Role: Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2017
Duration: 5
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

5. Project Cassiel: Sex Trafficking of Girls and Women in York Region.
(with York Region Police Services and York Region Children’s Aid Society).
Role: Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2016
Duration: 2
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: : Police Services Grant

6. Making Relationships Safe: A Study of the Romantic Experiences of Girls in Child Protective Services.
Role: Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2014
Duration: 3
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: WomensXchange Program, Women’s College Hospital

7. Dating violence and MentalH health among Canadian Adolescents: Role of Peer Groups and Violent Media Use
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

8. Dissolution of Romantic Relationships in Adolescence: Developmental Features, Predictors, and Psychosocial Consequences
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

9. Evaluating The Effect Of A Youth Engagement Approach To Prevention Of Bullying, Sexual Harassment And Dating Violence In Middle Schools
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Jennifer A Connolly