John McConnell, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Psychology
On Faculty since 2016

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

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.

Memberships

American Psychological Association

Research

Dr. McConnell places a strong emphasis on research methodology and statistics. He studies peace, diversity, and biblical/social justice in a variety of contexts. Dr. McConnell is faculty director of The Multicultural Peace and Justice Collaborative, which is a research 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). An alternative model of self- forgiveness. The New School Psychology Bulletin, 9, 35-51.

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

Selected Oral Presentations

McConnell, J. M. (2017, August). White allyship in social justice, peace, and racial reconciliation. In J. M. McConnell & C. D. Page (co-chairs), Promoting racial reconciliation for Black, Brown, and White citizens. Co-chaired symposium presented at the 2017 Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

McConnell, J. M. (2017, April). Intergroup forgiveness: Interpersonal, intrapersonal, spiritual, and political factors. Invited lecture for Johann Buis’s Resistance and Reconciliation in Africa Class, Wheaton College, IL.

McConnell, J. M. (2017, March). Collective unawareness, guilt, shame, and social (in)action. In J. M. McConnell (Chair), Breaking racial barriers between African-American/Black citizens and White police officers. Chaired symposium presented at the 2017 Annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, Chicago, IL.

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. (2013, April). Self-forgiveness in non-violence. In J. M. McConnell (Chair), The role of forgiveness and self-forgiveness in nonviolence. Chaired symposium presented at the 2013 Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference, Muncie, 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, IN.  

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, IN.

McConnell, J. M. (2011, April). The role of self-forgiveness for military personnel and veterans. In J. M. McConnell (Chair), Counseling and the military: Prevention, rehabilitation, and competency considerations. Chaired symposium presented at the 2011 Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Bloomington, IN.

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

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.

Selected Refereed Poster Presentations 

*Koster, M. L., *Cordial, T., *Scholz, M., & McConnell, J. M. (2017, August). Facing the invisible wounds of war: A holistic review of symptoms and treatments for moral injury. Poster presented at the 2017 Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C.  ​

*Koster, M. L., *Cordial, T., *Scholz, M., *Malzahn C., & McConnell, J. M.​ (2017, August).  Facing the invisible wounds of war: A holistic review of current moral injury research​. Poster presented at the 2017 Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C.  ​​

*Cordial, T., *Scholz, M., *Koster, M. L., & McConnell, J. M. (2017, August). Measuring moral injury: The need for future scale development. Poster presented at the 2017 Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

*Scholz, M., *Cordial, T., Malzahn, C., *Koster, M.L., & McConnell, J. M. (2017, August). Beyond combat veterans: Future directions in moral injury research with diverse populations. Poster presented at the 2017 Annual American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

*Smith, L., *Franklin, H., *Winslow, A., *Nicoletti, T., *Tabiolo, C., *Kibble, C., & McConnell, J. M. (2017, August). The lived experiences of peace and racial reconciliation researchers. Poster presented at the 2017 Annual American Psychological Association Conference, Washington, D.C.  

*Koster, M., *Cordial, T., *Scholz, M., & McConnell, J. M. (2017, March). Facing the invisible wounds of war: A holistic approach to addressing moral injury. Poster presented at the 2017 Annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, Chicago, IL.

*Winslow, A. B., *Kibble, C., *Tabiolo, C., *Smith, L., McConnell, J. M., George, S., & Page, C. (2017, March). A culturally sensitive needs assessment of peace and reconciliation between African-American/Black and White United States citizens. Poster presented at the 2017 Annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, Chicago, IL.  

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

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, IN.

(Note: *student collaboration)

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