Dr. O’Donovan leads the lab. She received her undergraduate education in psychology and philosophy at University College Cork and subsequently completed a Masters in Health Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. During her Masters, she conducted experimental research examining the effects of subtle manipulations of social support on cardiovascular responses to acute stress. Inspired by the findings of this research, she pursued a PhD in Clinical Psychobiology at University College Dublin and St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin funded by the Craig Dobbin Newman Scholarship in Mental Health Research. Her PhD research focused on uncovering associations between threat-related psychological variables and indices and mechanisms of biological aging including inflammatory activity and telomere length. Currently, Dr. O’Donovan is a Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellow at UCSF studying the psychological and biological mechanisms by which psychological stress accelerates biological aging. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking, biking and skiing in the Bay Area and travel to her native Ireland.