Dr. Connolly is the Rosemarie B. Greco Endowed Term Chair in Advocacy and an Professor of Nursing. She was awarded a PhD in 1999 and a Bachelors degree in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and received a Masters degree in Primary Care and School Health from the University of Rochester in 1987. In 2001, she completed the post-masters program in Pediatric Acute/Chronic Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Connolly also undertook two years of postdoctoral training at Columbia University's Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health's History of Public Health and Medicine Program. Her postdoctoral training was enhanced by a fellowship on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Paul Wellstone [D-Minn]. Dr. Connolly also serves as Co-Faculty Director at the University of Pennsylvania's Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice, and Research. Additionally, she is Associate Director at the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, holds a secondary appointment in the History and Sociology of Science department and is a Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program and The Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women.