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Ellen O’Donnell, Ph.D.

Ellen O’Donnell, Ph.D.

Ellen O’Donnell, Ph.D., is director of clinical psychology services at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston and a pediatric psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Boston College, earning her B.A. in psychology. 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 Massachusetts Psychological Association. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in child clinical psychology at MGH/Harvard Medical School and has been affiliated with the hospital since 2006. Dr. O’Donnell joined the psychiatry team at the Boston Shriners Hospital in 2016 as part of a collaboration between Shriners Hospitals for Children and the MGH Child Psychiatry Consult Service.

Dr. O’Donnell’s area of interest is in the psychological care of children with severe medical injuries, chronic medical illness including diabetes, anxiety disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities and trauma. She also specializes in neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents.


  • M.A. and Ph.D., Clark University
  • Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology, MGH
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, MA
  • Member, American Psychological Association
    • Div. 54 Pediatric Psychology
  • Member, Massachusetts Psychological Association