Madeleine Leveille has lived in southern New England for most of her life, and she has lived on the Connecticut Shoreline since 1980. She has lived in Clinton since 2010 with her husband, Jim Connolly.
Madeleine’s family was French Canadian by descent, and she grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. Her father (deceased) was a machinist/toolmaker, who worked at the Electric Boat Corporation, and her mother (still vital at 104) worked as a bookkeeper. Madeleine‘s parents strongly believed in education, and they instilled a strong work ethic and sense of social responsibility in Madeleine and her three siblings. Madeleine and each of her siblings earned undergraduate and doctoral degrees by means of scholarships and financial aid.
Madeleine Leveille is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut and a nationally certified school psychologist. Madeleine has worked in the field of psychology since 1972, and she has applied her psychology skills and training in education, health care, mental health and the courts. She has worked as a clinical psychologist in an interdisciplinary medical practice, founded by labor unions, and as a school psychologist in Connecticut’s public schools. Currently, Madeleine has her own private practice as a forensic psychologist with a focus on family, juvenile and educational issues. She is also an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University. Madeleine is now semi-retired, which means she has the time to devote to being a State Representative.
Madeleine has always felt a responsibility to provide service to the community. She has served on the Human Services Boards of the Town of Clinton and the Town of Guilford. She has been a member of the Youth Advisory Committee, Private Industry Council (New Haven County, CT), and a member of the Board of Directors, Regional Council for Education for Employment (New Haven, CT).
Recently, Madeleine and her husband, Jim Connolly, took the lead in mobilizing the residents of Clinton against the building of an industrial waste recycling facility within the inland wetlands. For ten years, Madeleine volunteered at Our True Colors (formerly Children of the Shadows: the largest conference for gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning youth and their allies) by giving timely workshops. Madeleine wrote the position paper of the Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) for the Connecticut bill prohibiting use of Conversion Therapy with adolescents who do not identify as heterosexual. During college, Madeleine participated in the protests in Washington, DC against the Viet Nam War, and more recently, she has been involved in the Occupy Movement and the Shoreline Green Party.
Madeleine has an undergraduate degree from Trinity College and a doctorate in psychology from The Ohio State University. She has a sixth-year certificate in school psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. Her training in psychology was steeped in the scientist-practitioner model, which means that scientific data and hard evidence are essential guides to practice. This training and her own research background translate into a belief that scientifically credible evidence and reasoning, and not merely opinion, should be used when making decisions. Madeleine supports fairness, sustainability and growth. She will always ask for evidence and data before endorsing any program. For example, Madeleine recognizes that financial resources are limited, and they must be spent judiciously and only on programs that promote the long-term good of Connecticut.
Madeleine’s concerns for the wellbeing of the public are not simply conceptual. For example, she has solar panels on her house, and she drives an all-electric automobile that was completely manufactured in the United States. She is an avid recycler, member of consumer cooperatives, and supporter of community gardening. As a breast cancer survivor, she knows that without having had health insurance, she might have been financially ruined, and even more than that, she might not have had the mammogram that ultimately saved her life. Madeleine came from a blue-collar family, and she knows that without the availability of scholarships and financial aid, she would not have had the educational opportunities that were offered to her.