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Tana D. J. Connell, PhD, LMSW

tana connellAssistant Professor
MSW Program Director
Department of Social Work 
tconnell [at] desu.edu


  • Ph.D.  2016  Social Welfare (University at Albany, Albany, NY)
  • M.S.W.  2008  Social Welfare (University at Albany, Albany, NY)
  • B.A.  2006  English and Africana Studies (University at Albany, Albany, NY)

Research Interests

  • Racial Disparities and Disproportionality in Child Welfare
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Cultural Adaptations of Evidence-based Interventions


  • Connell, T. (2020). Accessing Alternative Response Pathways: A Multi-Level Examination of Family and Community Factors on Race Equity, Child Abuse and Neglect, 108, 1-11.
  • Porter, C. & James (Connell), T. (2016). Race, Gender, and Class Distinctions Among Aging Middle Class Black and White Women: Implications for Feminist Interventions, Woman & Therapy, 39 (1-2), 35-55. DOI: 10.1080/02703149.2016.1116311
  • Jones, L.V., Hopson, L., Hardison, E., & James (Connell), T. (2014). A Qualitative Study of Black Women’s Experiences in Drug abuse and Mental Health Services, Journal of Women and Social Work, 28, 177–193.
  • Lewandowski, C.A., Holden, J. J., Chang, M., & James (Connell), T. (2011). HIV Prevention Revisited: African American Women’s Response to Current Community-Based Interventions, Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 10(3), 265-289. DOI: 10.1080/15381501.2011.596775