Brian O’Donnell is a psychologist and co-director of the Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Center with Dr. Hetrick.  His research program applies cognitive neuroscience methods to explicate the pathophysiological mechanisms and to develop treatments for mental illness, including psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder and substance use disorders.  He is grateful for support of this research by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Institutes of Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Brain Behavior and Research Foundation, Indiana University, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and private industry.  Projects have included:

  • Disturbances of neural oscillations and timing in schizophrenia
  • Alterations in brain structure and function in cannabis users
  • Neurobiological and cognitive effects of novel therapies for psychosis
  • Visual perception in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorders
  • Computational analysis of language and decision making in severe mental illness
  • Pharmacological studies of neural synchrony and behavior in rodents
  • Neural and psychological predictors of outcomes in bipolar disorder

Dr. O’Donnell received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1984.  He was on the faculty at University of Massachusetts Medical School from 1985 to 1990, Harvard University Medical School from 1990 to 1998, and joined the faculty of Indiana University in 1998.