Kieran O’Donnell Developmental Psychobiologist
How does our early experience influence vulnerability for later adverse mental health outcomes? This is the question that drives Kieran O’Donnell’s multidisciplinary research program, which combines combines psychiatric, genetic, epigenetic and epidemiological methods. His Epigenetics and Epidemiology lab seeks to better understand the biological embedding of early adversity and its association with altered child neurodevelopment. Specific areas of interest include studies on maternal perinatal mental health and child neurodevelopment, as well as epigenetic analyses of early intervention programs, which seek to buffer the effects adversity experienced early in life. The goal is integrate relevant biological measures into studies of the child neurodevelopment to better identify and treat at-risk individuals, and thus help each child reach their full developmental potential.
CIFAR/NeuroDevNet Postdoctoral Fellowship
K.J. O'Donnellet al., "The persisting effect of maternal mood in pregnancy on childhood psychopathology," Dev Psychopathol, 26(2), 393-403, 2014.
K.J. O'Donnellet al., "Maternal prenatal anxiety and child brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) genotype: Effects on internalizing symptoms from 4 to 15 years of age," Dev Psychopathol, 26(4 Pt 2), 1255-1266, 2014
K.J. O'Donnellet al., "Maternal prenatal anxiety and downregulation of placental 11beta-HSD2," Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37(6), 818-826, 2012
M.J. Meaney and K.J. O’Donnell, "Epigenetics and the developmental origins of vulnerability for mental disorders," Rutter Textbook of Child Psychiatry 6th Ed., Leckman J, Thapar A, Pine D, Scott S (Eds.), 2015
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Child & Brain Development
McGill UniversityDepartment of Psychiatry
PhD (Clinical Medicine) Imperial College London
MSc (Neuroscience) Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London
BSc (Psychology) University of Westminster
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