Lab News
Check out news, interviews, and related articles featuring Dr. O'Donovan and members of the THRIVE Lab!


November 22, 2022: Coverage of our Translational Psychiatry paper, which is the first to show worse outcomes of COVID-19 in patients with PTSD.

April 2022: Coverage of our study that is the first to link psychiatric disorders with increased risk for breakthrough infections of COVID-19 after vaccination.

March 3, 2022:  Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Nishimi for winning the 2022 UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds Trainee Research Award!

THRIVE Lab Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Kristen Nishimi wins Trainee Award from UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Nishimi has been conducting groundbreaking work focused on understanding experiences of people with PTSD during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Read the news article from UCSF here.


July 2021: Radio interviews on stress and biological aging during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Listen to KCBS Radio, San Francisco here.
  • Listen to CFRA Radio, Ottawa, Canada here.
  • Listen to The John Oakley Show with Guest Host Peter Shurman here.

July 26, 2021: Stiff joints, grey hair: Pandemic-induced isolation, grief, and anxiety aged you - but it’s not too late to reverse the effects (Read the article from The Globe and Mail here)

March 8, 2021: 7 Red Flags You're Experiencing Trauma From The COVID-19 Pandemic (Read the article from HuffPost here)

January 9, 2021: How The Uncertainty Of The Pandemic Could Impact The Future Of Mental Health (Read the article from Mindbodygreen here)


December 13, 2020: Has a year of living with Covid-19 rewired our brains? (Read the article from The Guardian here)

December 13, 2020: BBC Five Live interview with Rick Edwards on the psychological stress of the COVID-19 pandemic (Listen to the interview on BBC Radio here)

November 1, 2020: What uncertainty can mean for your mind and body? (Read the article from UCSF here)


April 30, 2018:  Is PTSD a Systemic Disorder? (Read the article from Psychiatric Times here)


November 16, 2017: Andrea Niles Selected as Finalist for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Grant

  • Lab Fellow Andrea Niles developed a website that allows you to select personalized threatening and matched neutral words for use in cognitive computer tasks (e.g. attention bias modification). The algorithm employs a user-user collaborative filtering recommender system. The research study describing the protocol for developing the recommender algorithm is currently under review for publication. 
  • Please contact Andrea ([email protected]) for details about the algorithm and its development.
  • For an in-depth look, view this YouTube video covering Andrea's grant application.
  • Find out more about the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Grant here.

November 14, 2017: New Paper on Inflammation Released

Our latest collaboration covers the association of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with inflammation and endothelial function. Read the article here.

October 5, 2017: Congratulations to lab members Andrea Niles, Ashkan Ahmadian, and Joy Lin on their research awards!

  • We're very proud of these three lab members for achieving so much during their time at THRIVE Lab! Check out the awards they've won in the Awards section on our website. 

 September 26, 2017: VA Mental Health Talks: Monday, October 23 and Friday, October 27!



August 6, 2014Medscape Article on Blood Test for Suicide Risk (Read here)

July 30, 2014: Medscape Article on Inflammatory Markers and Suicide Risk (Read here)


April 1, 2012: Wall Street Journal covers three of our papers in an article about depression and aging (Read here)

March 1, 2012: CBS San Francisco TV interviews Dr. O'Donovan about stress appraisals and telomere length paper (Read here)


April 1, 2011: Science Daily covers our paper on posttraumatic stress disorder and telomere length (Read here)

April 1, 2011: Psych Central article on posttraumatic stress disorder and immune cell signaling patterns (Read here)


November 1, 2010: Irish Times profile following the award of Society in Science: Branco Weiss Fellowship (Read here)

March 1, 2010: Psychology Today article on pessimism and telomere length finding (Read here)