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Ellen O'Donnell PhD

Ellen H. O'Donnell PhD

Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children Pediatric Diabetes Center; Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Ellen O’Donnell, PhD, is a Psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts. She has been the lead pediatric psychologist in the MGH for Children Pediatric Diabetes Center since 2009, providing individual, family and group behavioral health interventions to patients and consultation to the endocrine team. She has helped to develop an innovative multidisciplinary diabetes clinic day, a Transitions Program for adolescents and young adults with diabetes, and multimedia outreach programs. As part of the pediatric behavioral medicine program at MGH, she is working to expand training in pediatric psychology in diabetes and was selected as a mentor for the JDRF Psychosocial Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2020-21. Dr. O’Donnell’s research focuses on evaluating clinical programming in diabetes, developing interventions to improve diabetes management and adjustment in children and adolescents, and on better understanding the impact of learning disabilities such as ADHD on diabetes management. She also consults to diabetes organizations including the Greater New England Chapter of JDRF, ADA, The College Diabetes Network, and diabetes camps Clara Barton and Camp Joslin. She earned her BA in Psychology from Boston College and her PhD in Child Clinical Psychology from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She completed her internship and postdoc in child clinical psychology at MGH.


Dr, O'Donnell has no relevant disclosures.