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Kieran O'Donnell, PhD

Assistant Professor



Dr. O’Donnell is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences within the Yale School of Medicine where he leads the Health-Omics & Perinatal Epidemiology (HOPE) Research Group.

Dr. O’Donnell's research focuses on maternal perinatal mental health and the developmental origins of mental health. His group integrates genomic and epigenomic data with measures of psychosocial risk to 1) better understand individual differences in maternal perinatal mental health and 2) identify the molecular processes that underlie the persisting influence of the prenatal environment on child/adolescent neurodevelopment. Dr. O'Donnell's research occurs in the context of a number of large prospective longitudinal cohorts, including the Montreal Antenatal Well-Being Study, as well as randomized controlled trials of maternally-focused psychosocial interventions.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Douglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University (2016)
  • PhD
    Imperial College London, Clinical Medicine (2011)
  • MSc
    Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, Neuroscience
  • BSc (Hon)
    University of Westminster, Psychology

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
NARSAD Young InvestigatorBrain & Behavior Research Foundation2020
CIFAR FellowCanadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR) Child & Brain Development Program2019
FRSQ Research Fellow (Chercheur Boursier)The Quebec Health Research Fund (Fonds de recherche Santé- Québec)2019
CIFAR Global ScholarCanadian Institute For Advanced Research2016

Professional Service

Postpartum Support International-Advisory Council, Postpartum Support InternationalBoard Member2021 - Present
McGill UniversityAdjunct Professor2020 - Present
Scientific ReportsEditor2017 - Present
Ludmer Center for Neuroinformatics & Mental HealthInvestigator2016 - Present

Departments & Organizations