John McConnell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
On Faculty since 2016

Office: BGC M255
Phone: (630)752-5989


Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University; Muncie, IN (2014)

M.A. in Counseling, Ball State University; Muncie, IN (2009)

B.S. in Psychological Science, Ball State University; Muncie, IN (2007)

Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center; North Chicago, IL (2016)

Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship, South Texas Veterans Health Care System (Audie L. Murphy VA); San Antonio, TX (2014)

About John McConnell

John M. McConnell, Ph.D., has six years of experience as a clinician in the Veterans Health Administration (VA). Dr. McConnell has additionally practiced in a community mental health center and a cancer hospital. As a licensed psychologist, he specializes in integrating cognitive/psychological assessments and interventions into medical settings with particular emphasis on the elderly, people with dementia, and individuals with physical illness. He was previously responsible for managing a VA outpatient mental health clinic during his postdoctoral residency. Dr. McConnell also is an expert in assisting individuals, couples, and groups accomplish forgiveness. He is passionate about teaching, clinical supervision, research advising, and student mentorship.

Dr. McConnell enjoys quality time with his wife, family, and friends. He considers himself a Chicago-style pizza connoisseur, and loves all things gastronomy. He also enjoys creating and consuming music and art. Additional hobbies include hiking, biking, soccer, and watching documentaries.


American Psychological Association


Dr. McConnell places a strong emphasis on research methodology and statistics. He studies forgiveness and moral injury, and is especially interested in the topic as it relates to underserved populations, such as the elderly, prisoners, and victims of war. He also studies clinical judgment errors and neuropsychological assessment, particularly topics related to normal aging, dementia, and decision-making capacity.  Dr. McConnell is faculty director of The Forgiveness Lab in the Psychology Department.


Selected Refereed Professional Publications

McConnell, J.M. (2015). A conceptual-theoretical-empirical framework for self-forgiveness: Implications for research and practice. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 37, 143-164.

McConnell, J.M., Dixon, D. N., & Finch, W. H. (2012). [Reprint]. An alternative model of self­ forgiveness. Journal of Social & Psychological Sciences, 5, 22-53.

McConnell, J.M., & Dixon, D. N. (2012). Perceived forgiveness from God and self forgiveness. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 31, 31-39.

Book Chapters

Horwitz, J., Gilmore, E., Horwitz, N. M., McConnell, J.M., & Johnsons, R. (2013). The psychopathology and functional neuroanatomy of psychotherapy. In C.A. Noggle, & R.S. Dean (Eds.), Neuropsychology of psychopathology. New York: Springer.

Selected Referred Poster Presentations

González, D. A., McConnell, J. M., Balldin, V. H., Yehyawi, N. T., McCoy, K. J. M., & Marceaux, J. C. (2014, November). Exploring structural validity of the Texas Functional Living Scale with geriatric veterans. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29, 526.

McConnell, J. M., González, D. A., Yehyawi, N. T., Balldin, V. H., McCoy, K. J. M., & Marceaux, J. C. (2014, February). Mild neurocognitive disorder: A cluster analysis. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, 74.

McConnell, J. M., Dixon, D. N., & Isaacs, C. E. (2013, April). The role of forgiveness and self-forgiveness in nonviolence. Symposium presented at the 2013 Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference, Muncie, Indiana.

Wood, H. A., & McConnell, J. M. (2006, April). Collective guilt and group identity. Research symposium at Great Lakes 2006 Regional Conference in Counseling Psychology, Lafayette, IN.

Ramirez-Wylie, J. A., Jackson, M. S., Walker, L. R., Krowel, A. D., & McConnell, J. M. (2012, March). The role of culture and gender on trauma among U.S. Military service members. Symposium presented at the 2012 Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Lafayette, Indiana.

McConnell, J. M., & Ingolfsson, G. O. (2010, April). The counselor’s role in disaster mental health. Poster presented at the 2010 Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Akron, Ohio.

McConnell, J. M., Miller, D. J., Spengler, P. M., Lee, N. A. & Strohmer, D. C. (2012, August). An in-vivo test of the counselor confirmatory hypothesis-testing bias. Poster presented at the 2012 American Psychological Association Convention, Orlando, FL.

McConnell, J. M., Walker, L. R., Ingolfsson, G. O., Niegocki, K. L., Hurley E., & Mazur-Mosiewicz, A. (2009, August). A community needs assessment of multicultural discrimination on a midwestern university campus. Poster presented at the 2009 American Psychological Association Convention, Toronto, Canada.

McConnell, J. M., Walker, L. R., Ingolfsson, G. O., Niegocki, K. L., Hurley E., Mazur-Mosiewicz, A., & Gerstein, L. H. (2009, March). Community needs assessment of multicultural discrimination: Implementing social justice. Poster presented at the 2009 Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Muncie, Indiana.

Selected Invited Presentations

McConnell, J. M. (2016, April). Moral injury and self-forgiveness. Invited presentation at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center, North Chicago, IL

McConnell, J. M. (2011, October). The role of self-forgiveness for military veterans: Implications for PTSD. Invited presentation at Veterans Administration Northern Indiana Healthcare System, Marion, Indiana

Ingolfsson, G. O., & McConnell, J. M. (2010, March). Current status of discrimination on campus. Invited speech given to BSU Board of Student Affairs.

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