Having qualified as a Dr and completing house jobs, Dr Connell spent six months in a Psychiatry Dept in Dhaka in Bangladesh returning to East London to study as a Psychiatrist and gain membership. She has always been very interested in the transcultural aspects of working in East London, gaining an understanding of the impact that culture has on the presentation of symptoms, using interpreters etc.
As a senior trainee Dr Connell developed an interest in the psychiatric complications of HIV/AIDS and has been working 2 sessions a week at the Mildmay Hospital UK, a unit for patients with HIV Related Neurocognitive Impairment, since 1998. Dr Connell has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for 10 years in East London and as such provide psychiatric liaison sessions for patients attending the Grahame Hayton Unit – the unit for HIV at Barts and The London Hospitals.
More recently Dr Connell has started to develop an interest in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for management of relapse of depression and anxiety disorders.