Candace Killian-Farrell, PhD, LCSW, is a behavioral health consultant for the Healthy Minds/Healthy Kids Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Areas of Expertise:
Integrated primary care, Trauma and adversity, Stress and mental health, Anxiety, Parenting and behavioral disorders, Assessment and diagnosis, Quality improvement Locations:Primary Care, Springfield Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP(1-800-879-2467)
Education and Training
Social Work - Community Counseling and Mediation, Brooklyn, NY
Social Work - Employee Assistance Program Consortium, New York, NY
Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
BA in Psychology - Clemson University, Clemson, SC
PhD in Social Work - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
MSW - Columbia University, New York, NY
Titles and Academic Titles
Behavioral Health Consultant, Healthy Minds/Healthy Kids Program
Assistant Training Director, Social Work Fellowship
Pediatric integrated primary care
Stress and developmental mental health
Trauma and perinatal depression
Diagnostic and symptom conceptualization
Corr, R., Glier, S., Bizzell, J., Pelletier-Baldelli, A., Campbell, A., Killian-Farrell, C., & Belger, A. : Triple Network Functional Connectivity During Acute Stress in Adolescents and the Influence of Polyvictimization. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. March 2022.
Corr, R., Glier, S., Bizzell, J., Pelletier-Baldelli, A., Campbell, A., Killian-Farrell, C., & Belger, A. : Stress-related hippocampus activation mediates the association between polyvictimization and trait anxiety in adolescents. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience nsab129, December 2021.
Lombardi, B.M., Bledsoe, S.E., Killian-Farrell, C., Lanier, Paul.,& Skinner, A. C. : Child and adolescent polyvictimization and depressive symptoms in young adults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 36(21-22), 2021.
Killian-Farrell, C., Rizo, C. F., Lombardi, B., Meltzer-Brody, S., & Bledsoe, S. E. : Traumatic Experience, Polyvictimization, and Perinatal Depression in a Diverse Sample of Adolescent Mothers. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 35(23-24), 2020.
Bledsoe, S. E., Wike, T., Killian-Farrell, C., Lombardi, B. M., Bellows, A., Sommer, A. R., & Sheely, A.: Feasibility of treating depression in pregnant adolescents using brief interpersonal psychotherapy. Social Work in Mental Health. 16(3): 252-65, 2018.
Bledsoe, S. E., Rizo, C. F., Wike, T., Killian-Farrell, C., Wessel, J., Bellows, A., & Doernberg, A. : Pregnant adolescents' perceptions of depression and psychiatric services in the United States. Women and Birth. 30(5), 2017.
O'Brien, J., White, K. &, Wu, Q., & Killian-Farrell, C. : Mental Health and Behavioral Outcomes of Sexual and Non-Sexual Abuse among Child Welfare-Involved Youth. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 25(5): 483-503, 2016.
Wike, T., Bledsoe, S. E., Manuel, J., Despard, M., Bellamy, J., & Killian-Farrell, C. : Evidence-based practice in social work: Opportunities and challenges for clinicians. Clinical Social Work. 42(2): 161-70, 2014.
Bledsoe-Mansori, S. E., Bellamy, J. L., Wike, T., Grady, M., Dinata, E., Killian-Farrell, C. & Rosenberg, K.: Agency-university partnerships for evidence-based practice: A national survey of schools of social work. Social Work Research. 37(3): 179-93, 2013.
Meltzer-Brody, S., Bledsoe-Mansori, S. E., Pollard, N. P., Killian, C., Hamer, R., Jackson, C., Wessel, J., Thorp, J.: A prospective study of perinatal depression and trauma history in minority adolescents. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 208(3), 2013.
Awards and Honors
2016-2018, National Research Service Award (NRSA), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2015-2016, UNC Royster Society of Fellows - Jesse Ball DuPont Dissertation Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2013-2014, APPLES Internship Curriculum Fellowship Grant, Carolina Center for Public Service, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2012, First Place Award, Social Sciences Division - University Research Day, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2011-2013, Jane H. Pfouts Research Grant, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2010-2014, Sam and Betsy Reeves Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2000, Summa Cum Laude, Clemson University
Editorial and Academic Positions
Academic and Institutional Committees
2021-present, Quality Improvement Rotation Director/Supervisor, Social Work Fellowship
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
2010-present, Society for Social Work and Research
Patient Experience Ratings
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