Research & Publications
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 FellowDouglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University (2016)
- PhDImperial College London, Clinical Medicine (2011)
- MScInstitute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, Neuroscience
- BSc (Hon)University of Westminster, Psychology
Honors & Recognition
|NARSAD Young Investigator||Brain & Behavior Research Foundation||2020|
|CIFAR Fellow||Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR) Child & Brain Development Program||2019|
|FRSQ Research Fellow (Chercheur Boursier)||The Quebec Health Research Fund (Fonds de recherche Santé- Québec)||2019|
|CIFAR Global Scholar||Canadian Institute For Advanced Research||2016|
|McGill University||Adjunct Professor||2020 - Present|
|Scientific Reports||Editor||2017 - Present|
|Ludmer Center for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health||Investigator||2016 - Present|