Dr. Melanie McConnell, R.Psych. received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont. She is a Registered Psychologist who works with children, teens, and families. She is currently a staff Psychologist in the Psychiatry Department at BC Children’s Hospital and works in private practice. Dr. McConnell is also a Clinical Instructor with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. She has prior experience working in community mental health centres and in medical settings with children and youth facing chronic medical conditions. Dr. McConnell’s clinical work focuses primarily on providing evidence-based, cognitive-behavioural interventions for children, teens, and families facing a wide range of issues, from mental health concerns to medical conditions to developmental disabilities.
Dr. McConnell is also involved in a variety of teaching activities, including didactic training, clinical training, and clinical supervision of trainees from multiple disciplines (e.g., psychology, psychiatry, other allied health professions). She enjoys providing mentorship for early career psychologists. In addition, she has an interest in program development and evaluation. For instance, she is currently conducting a funded research project investigating outcomes of a family-focused anxiety treatment group for children with high-functioning autism. She also recently helped to develop a group adaptation of behavioural intervention for tics and is a co-investigator on a multi-site study examining treatment outcomes of this group treatment. She has published some of her research on the topic of parenting and children’s development, and periodically presents on topics related to her clinical work and research.