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Ellen H. O'Donnell, PhD


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Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Medical Education
  • PhD, Clark University
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. O'Donnell is an Associate Psychologist at MGH and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School (HMS).  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Clark University where she received the Monte Bliss Fellowship and was a Rosenblum Fellow in Public Policy at the Mass. Psych. Assn. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in child clinical psychology at MGH/ HMS and has been affiliated with the hospital since 2006.

Dr. O'Donnell is the psychologist in the MGHfC Pediatric Diabetes Center, providing behavioral health interventions to patients and families. As part of the pediatric behavioral medicine program, she is working to expand training in pediatric psychology in diabetes. She also consults to diabetes organizations JDRF New England, ADA, The College Diabetes Network, and diabetes camps Clara Barton and Camp Joslin.

Dr. O'Donnell also specializes in neuropsychological assessment and in working with children and adolescents affected by both medical illness and developmental or learning disabilities. She is the neuropsychologist for the Partners Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinic and collaborates on patient centered research in Pediatric MS. Her research interests include better understanding the impact of learning disabilities such as ADHD on the management of pediatric chronic illness. Dr. O'Donnell's work has been published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and Multiple Sclerosis Journal. She has co-authored chapters on learning disabilities in pediatric populations and on a parent guidance model for parenting with chronic illness.

Since 2016, Dr. O'Donnell has also been the Director of Clinical Psychology Services at Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston as part of a collaboration between Shriners and the MGH Child Psychiatry Consult Service.

Learn more about Dr. O'Donnell

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. O'Donnell is the neuropsychologist for the Partners Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center at MGHfC. She conducts research on the neuropsychological effects of MS in collaboration with five other centers of excellence across the country funded in part by the National MS Society.

Much of her research has focused on the impact of parenting styles on children's motivation, cognitive style, and emotional well-being.

Dr. O'Donnell is particularly interested in the well-being and adjustment of children with executive function deficits like those associated with ADHD who are affected by pediatric or family illness.

She is currently conducting research on the impact of problems with executive function on adolescents' adherence to diabetes self-care.

Selected Publications:

Charvet, LE, O'Donnell, EH, Belman, AL, Chitnis, T, Ness, JM, Parrish, J, Patterson, M, Rodrigues, E, Waubant, E, Weinstock-Guttman, B, & Krupp, LB. Longitudinal Evaluation of Cognitive Functioning in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis: Report from the US Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Network. Multiple Sclerosis Journal 2014.

O'Donnell, EH, Eddy, K., & Rauch, P. (2013) Parenting with chronic and life threatening illness: a parent guidance model, in Working with Families in Medical Settings: A Multidisciplinary Guide for Psychiatrists and Other Health Professionals edited by E Arzubi & E Mambrino. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Braaten EB,
O?Donnell E. (2010)  Neuropsychology and pediatrics, in
A Practical Guide to Neuropsychological Testing for Patients, Practitioners, and Other Professionals edited by E Arzubi & E Mambrino.  New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

News & Events

  • What's the link between diabetes and depression?

    Ellen O’Donnell, a pediatric psychologist with the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Diabetes Clinic, talks about how children and teens with diabetes are at a higher risk of depression.


Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey 6A
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-724-5600
Phone 2: 617-643-6017
Fax: 617-726-5567
Shriners Hospital for Children Boston
51 Blossom Street
Boston, MA 02114

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