Christine Conelea, PhD, LP

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Christine Conelea

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-3127

Fax 612-273-9774

Office Address:
Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB)
Room 2-009
2025 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mailing Address:
Room 1-339 MIDB
2025 East River Parkway
Minneapolis MN 55414

Administrative Assistant Name
Shelley Slominski

Administrative Email

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


I received my BA in psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating summa cum laude, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. I completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. My 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 Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences faculty, I was an Assistant Professor (Research) at Brown Medical School and a Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.

My research and clinical expertise is in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on Tourette Syndrome, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, and anxiety disorders. I am Co-Director of the Converging Approaches to Neurodevelopment (CAN) Lab, a research group that focuses on studying the causes and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. Our research integrates behavioral and neuroscience methods, including neuromodulation and brain imaging. Currently, I have a particular interest in studying the use of neuromodulation to augment evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapies. I have close to 60 publications, 1419 citations and an h-index score of 22. I have also presented nationally and internationally at more than 100 conferences.

Within the department, I am the Clinician Researcher Lead for the Integration of Clinical & Research Activities. Within the university, I am the Director of the Non-Invasive Neuromodulation Laboratory at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain.


  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
  • Anxiety disorders

Awards & Recognition

  • Certificate of Reviewing Excellence, Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2014
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Child Intervention, Prevention, & Services Fellow, 2012
  • University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-2010 

Professional Associations

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry


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) 


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


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- WPEC-TV, 10/26/2021

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- FOX 21, 1/14/2021