Christine Conelea, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Christine Conelea

Contact Info

Office Phone 273-9040

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Fellowship, Child Mental Health, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

BA, Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno

Internship, Clinical Psychology, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI


Dr. Conelea received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. She completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her fellowship in child mental health was supported by a T32, and subsequently F32, National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Prior to joining the Psychiatry Department Faculty, Dr. Conelea was an Assistant Professor (Research) at Brown Medical School and a Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.

Dr. Conelea's research and clinical expertise is in the area of tic, obsessive-compulsive spectrum, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Conelea is currently the recipient of a K23 Career Development Award from the NIMH to examine brain-behavior interactions in Tourette Syndrome and other chronic tic disorders. 


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Conelea's research focuses on the etiology and treatment of Tourette Syndrome and other tic disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and anxiety disorders. She is particularly interested in understanding how the brain, environment, and psychosocial factors interact to impact symptoms and treatment outcome. Dr. Conelea's research integrates behavioral and neuroscience methods, including neuromodulation and brain imaging. Additional interests include therapeutic process and mechanism of change in cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Research Funding Grants

1. “Integrative Examination of Neurobehavioral Mechanisms in Tic Suppression” NIH/NIMH K23MH103617 (Conelea) 


  1. Conelea, C. A., Philip, N. S., Yip, A. G., Barnes, J. L., Niedzwiecki, M. J., Greenberg, B. D., Tyrka, A. R., & Carpenter, L. L. (in press). Transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment-resistant depression: Naturalistic treatment outcomes for younger versus older patients. Journal of Affective Disorders. 
  2. Conelea, C. A., & Freeman, J. B. (2015). What do therapists and clients do during exposures for OCD? Introduction to the special issue on theory-based exposure process. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 6, 144-146. 
  3. Conelea, C. A., Walther, M. W., Freeman, J. B., Garcia, A. M., Sapyta, J., Khanna, M., March, J., & Franklin, M. E. (2014). Tic-related obsessive compulsive disorder: Phenomenology and treatment outcome in the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study II. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53, 1308-1316. 
  4. Conelea, C. A., Carter, A. C., & Freeman, J. B. (2014). Sensory over-responsivity in a sample of children seeking treatment for anxiety. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 35, 512-521. 
  5. Freeman, J., Garcia, A., Frank, H., Benito, K., Conelea, C., Walther, M., & Edmunds, J. (2014). Evidence base update for psychosocial treatments for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43, 7-26. 
  6. Conelea, C. A., Busch, A. M., Catanzaro, M. A., & Budman, C. L. (2014). Tic-related activity restriction as a predictor of emotional functioning and quality of life. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, 123-129. 
  7. Freeman, J. Garcia, A., Benito, K., Conelea, C., Sapyta, J., Khanna, M., March, J., & Franklin, M. (2012). The pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder treatment study for young children (POTS Jr): Developmental considerations in the rationale, design, and methods. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 4, 294-300. 
  8. Benito, K. G., Conelea, C. A., Garcia, A. M., & Freeman, J. B. (2012). CBT specific process in exposure-based treatments: Initial examination in a pediatric OCD sample. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 1, 77-84.
  9. Conelea, C. A., Woods, D. W., & Brandt, B. C. (2011). The impact of a stress induction task on tic frequencies in youth with Tourette syndrome. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49, 492-497. 
  10. Conelea, C. A., Woods, D. W., Zinner, S. H., Budman, C. L., Murphy, T. K., Schaill, L. D., Compton, S. N., & Walkup, J. T. (2011). Exploring the impact of Tourette syndrome on youth: Results from the Tourette syndrome impact survey. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 42, 219-242. 
  11. Conelea, C. A., & Woods, D. W. (2008). Examining the impact of distraction on tic suppression in children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 1193-1200.


Academic Interests and Focus

Dr. Conelea provides training and supervision for clinical psychology and psychiatry students, residents, and fellows in the University of Minnesota Medical School.


Clinical Interests

Tourette Syndrome; tic disorders; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; anxiety disorders; cognitive-behavioral therapy