Christine Ohannessian, Ph.D.

Dr. Christine OHannessianPrincipal Investigator
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry



Dr. Christine McCauley Ohannessian is the Director of the Center for Behavioral Health at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She also is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Ohannessian graduated from the University of Massachusetts with an undergraduate degree in psychology and received both her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ohannessian’s research interests focus on the relationship between contexts such as the family and adolescent psychological health and development. She is especially interested in adolescent substance use, internalizing problems (e.g., anxiety and depression), and technology use. Dr. Ohannessian currently is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Early Adolescence and an Assistant Field Editor for the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. She also serves on the Editorial Boards for Developmental Psychology, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Journal of Marriage and Family.

Dr. Ohannessian’s current research projects include 1) the NIH-funded Adolescent Adjustment Project, a long-term longitudinal study examining parental substance abuse and adolescent adjustment; 2) the Alvord-funded PANDA project, a study examining predictors of gender differences in adolescent depression and anxiety; and 3) the NSF-funded BALANCE project, a study focusing on the relationship between parent work-family conflict and adolescent psychological adjustment.