Dr Kieran O’Donnell

Join us for this great lecture in Toronto, May 24, 2016. Dr O'Donnell's roundup of the latest research on what causes mental illness and prevention is something every parent, grandparent, social worker and health professional will want to hear.

Dr Kieran O’Donnell, PhD
Epigenetics Reseacher at the Ludmer Centre and the
Douglas Hospital Research Centre
Assistant Professor in Epigenetics and Epidemiology, Dep. of Psychiatry, McGill University
6875, boulevard LaSalle
Montréal, QC H4H 1R3, Canada
Telephone: +1 514 761 6131 Ext. 4341
E-mail: kieran.odonnell@mail.mcgill.ca



Dr O’Donnell is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He completed his PhD (Clinical Medicine) at Imperial College London followed by a period of postdoctoral training at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre.

Area of Research

Dr O’Donnell is a leading expert in perinatal influences on early-childhood development, and the biological embedding of early adversity. His work examines how the early environment shapes child development. This multidisciplinary work combines genetic, epigenetic and epidemiological approaches to identify those at-risk for adverse mental health outcomes. He also seeks to better understand the molecular mechanisms by which positive and nurturing environments mediate their positive effects on child neurodevelopment.

Publications & Impact Profile

To learn more about Dr O’Donnell latest research or to find a list of publications visit Research GateGoogle Scholar or Begin Before Birth which provides an overview of how the early environment can influence child development.

We also encourage you to watch a 2016 Ludmer Centre lecture featuring Dr O’Donnell entitled “When Nature Meets Nurture: The New Science of Preventive Mental Health”.