Elizabeth Francis-Connolly

        Dean Francis-Connolly received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, an MS in Occupational Therapy at Boston University, and BS in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut. Her scholarly work has focused on mothering across the lifespan and mentoring in academic environments. She has received numerous awards throughout her distinguished career, including the AOTA Roster of Fellows, AOTA Service Commendation, and Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fellowship.

        Dr. Francis-Connolly is excited to have joined a university that has gained national prominence in the advancement of interprofessional education programming. She works closely with deans and faculty from UNE’s Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Dentistry to support the strategic expansion of the university’s comprehensive interprofessional education and collaborative practice initiatives, which include required courses teaching to the National IPEC competencies, weekly interprofessional symposia, online interprofessional trainings, student-led interprofessional education orientations, interprofessional simulations using UNE’s sophisticated Clinical Simulation Center, robust service learning opportunities, and an IPE Honors Distinction program.



Selected Publications

*Francis-Connolly, E.B., & Sytniak, K. (accepted for publication). Mothering work and emerging adult children. Work.

*Francis-Connolly, E.B. (2015). My academic leadership Journey. In S. B. Dunbar & K. Winston (eds), An Occupational Perspective on Leadership.Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.

*Winston, K.A., Dunbar, S.B., Reed, C.N., & Francis-Connolly, E. (2010). Mothering occupations when parenting a child with feeding concerns: A mixed methods study. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77. 181-189.

Rice, M., Reeves, G.D., & Francis-Connolly, E. (2010, September). Sabbaticals: Benefits, issues, and practical advice. Education Special Interest Section Quarterly, 20(3), 1-4.

*Howells, V., & Francis-Connolly, E.B. (2006 March). Constructing a mentoring web: Developing community-based practitioners. Home & Community Health SIS Newsletter.

*Francis-Connolly, E.B. (2004). Mothering across the lifecourse. In S. Esdaile & J. Olson (eds),  Mothering Occupations: Challenges, agency, & participation. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 153-171.

*Schuster, E.O., Francis-Connolly, E., Alford-Trewn, P., & Brooks, J. (2003). Conceptualization and development of a course on aging to infancy: A life course retrospective. Educational Gerontology, 29. 841-850.

*Francis-Connolly, E.B. (2003). Constructing parenthood: Portrayals of motherhood and fatherhood in popular American magazines. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering,5 (1). 179-185.

*Francis-Connolly, E.B.(2002). The unpredictability of habits and routines for preschool stage mothers. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 22.

Francis-Connolly, E.B. (2002). Book Review of Qualitative Research in Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 16 (4).   

*Francis-Connolly, E.B. (2000). Toward an understanding of Mothering: A comparison of two motherhood stages. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 54. 281-289.

Francis-Connolly, E.B. (1999). A comparison of two motherhood stages: Experience, practice and meaning. Doctoral Dissertation. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan.

*Francis-Connolly, E.B. (1998).  It never ends: Mothering as a lifetime occupation. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 5. 149-155.

Francis-Connolly, E.B. (1993).  Book Review of Confusing Realities: A study on child sexual abuse and psychiatric symptoms.  Contemporary Psychology, 38:10.

*Francis-Connolly, E.B. (1992).  Cooking as an Evaluation Tool in Psychiatry.  Occupational Therapy Practice, 3(2).

Francis-Connolly, E.B. (1992).  Adjustment Disorders.  In R.A. Hansen, B. Atchison, (Eds).  Conditions in Occupational Therapy.  Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.

*Francis, E.B., Cermak, S.A. (1988).  Comparison of two Subtests of the BaFPE.  Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 7(4).

*denotes peer-reviewed

Invited Plenary Presentation

*Reflexivity in Qualitative Approaches:Uncovering multiple layers. Panel presentation with  S. Dunbar & N. Furgang. Joint International Conference in Occupational Science. Minneapolis, MN. October 2014.

*Best Practices for Academic Mentorship. Poster presentation with A. Lamb. AOTA Education Summitt, Atlanta, GA. October 2013.

*Yes you can write and publish. Poster presentation with L. Shaw, L.K. Erlandsson, & B. Prodinger. COTEC, Stockholm Sweden. May 2012.

*Swimming with the sharks: Success in getting promotion and tenure. Panel presentation with J. Case-Smith, R. Ideishi, P. Price, and M. Rice. AOTA Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA. April 2011.

*Sabbaticals: Benefits, issues and practical advice. Panel presentation with M. Rice, & G. Reeves. AOTA Annual Conference. Orlando, FL April 2010.

*Transitioning from clinical practitioner to educator: Navigating new terrain. Panel presentation with P. Kearney & C. Johnson. AOTA Annual Conference. Orlando, FL April 2010.

*Taboo Talk: mothering, culture and meaning. Society for Medical Anthropology. New Haven, CT. September 2009.

*Best practice in Occupational Therapy Education: A panel exploring the scholarship of teaching and learning. Panel included E.Francis, A. Bilics, L. Wakeford, C. Haynes, S. Bondoc, L. George. AOTA Annual Conference. Houston, TX. April 2009

*Mothering taboo talk: Occupation and meaning. Society for the Study of Occupation: USA annual conference. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. October 2008.

*Scholarship in Occupational Therapy Academia: Culture, context, contributions, and choices. Panel presentation with M. Rice, J. Gupta, & P. Kearney. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Long Beach, CA. April 2008.

*Creating communities of scholars. Panel presentation with G. Dahl Reeves, G. Kielhofner, R. Ideishi, & J. Gupta. Education Special Interest Section, American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. St. Louis, MS. April 2007

*The Contribution of Qualitative Research in Evidence-Based Practice. Panel presentation with V. Howells. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Charlotte, NC. April 2006.

*Taboo Talk: Motherhood, culture, and meaning. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference. Phoenix, AZ. November 2005.

*Lessons learned from Teaching an Interdisciplinary Course on Aging. Poster Presentation with J. Brooks, D. Fox, & E. Schuster. The Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting. Orlando, FL. November 2005.

*The Academy, the prison and the psychiatric hospital: How each affects mothering occupations. Panel with J. Olson, E. McKay, & C. Jose. The Society for the Study of Occupation:USA, 4th Annual Research Conference. Potomoc, MD. October 2005.

Sociology and Occupational Therapy. Lecture to Jonkoping University Occupational Therapy Students. Jonkoping, Sweden. April 2005

Mothering in the United States: A comparison of two motherhood stages. Invited presentation to OT faculty, clinicians, and students at Jonkoping University. Jonkoping, Sweden. April 2005

*Aging to Infancy: An interdisciplinary course. Paper Presented with J. Brooks at The Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting. San Diego, CA. November 2003.

*The Unpredictability of habits for preschool stage mothers. The 13th World Congress of Occupational Therapists, Stockholm, Sweden. June 2002.

*Constructing a mentoring web: Developing community-based mental health practitioners. Poster presentation with V. Howells. The 13th World Congress of Occupational Therapists, Stockholm, Sweden. June 2002.

*Creating a research culture in a teaching institution. Poster presented with V. Howells.American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Miami Beach, FL. May 2002.

An interdisciplinary team: Transforming teaching and learning. Presented with P. Alford, J. Brooks, E. Schuster. EMU Teaching and Learning Showcase. March 2002.

Developing a research thread in a revised 3 + 2 curriculum. Poster presented at the Occupational Therapy Program DirectorÕs Meeting, St. Louis, MO. October 2001.

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Elizabeth Francis Connolly

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