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Aoife O'Donovan, BA, MPsychSc, PhD

Photograph of Aoife O'DonovanDr. O'Donovan is currently a Society in Science: Branco Weiss Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. Her research is focused on uncovering the mechanisms by which psychological experiences influence the development of age-related diseases. She is particularly interested in how psychosocial stress influences the biological aging process.

Dr. O'Donovan has a PhD in Clinical Psychobiology from University College Dublin, a Masters in Health Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a BA in Psychology from the University College Cork. Her doctoral research focused on uncovering associations between threat-related psychological variables and indices and mechanisms of biological aging. At the biological level, this work was particularly focused on inflammatory activity as a mechanism of biological aging and telomere length as an index of biological or cellular age. Findings from her dissertation led her to her current program of research, which centers on the idea that exaggerated threat sensitivity is a key mechanism by which psychological stress accelerates biological aging.


Aoife will be speaking at the 2013 Rotary Conference District 1160 in Dublin, Ireland on September 27-29, 2013. You can learn more about it here.

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