Post-Doctoral Fellows

NIDDK T32 Post-doctoral Fellow, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes

Holly O’Donnell, Ph.D.

Dr. O’Donnell is an NIDDK-funded T32 post-doctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Driscoll at the Barbara Davis Center in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Colorado Denver in 2020, at which time she was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. As a graduate student, she worked with Dr. Driscoll at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes as both a clinical trainee and graduate research assistant. Her dissertation examined fear of hypoglycemia and depressive symptoms as barriers to implementing an adherence-promoting intervention in youth with type 1 diabetes. As an advanced graduate student, she served as the interventionist for an NIDDK-funded RCT implementing integrated behavioral health services in the type 1 diabetes clinic visit for high-risk youth. She completed her predoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital from 2019-2020, before returning to Colorado She has a specific interest in integrated care for children with medical conditions and developing interventions to address psychosocial barriers to adherence in order to optimize health outcomes in pediatric patients.