Lisa O'Donnell, PhD

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Lisa O’Donnell


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Clinical Psychology
MSW, University of Michigan, School of Social Work, Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health

Academic appointment

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Wayne State University


Lisa O’Donnell joined the Wayne State University’s School of Social Work in 2017 as an Assistant Professor. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan’s Joint PhD program in Social Work and Clinical Psychology in 2016. Following her doctoral studies, she was a post-doctoral scholar under the Max Gray Fellowship in the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP) within UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry with Dr. David Miklowitz.¬†Overall, her research examines the nature of functional and quality of life deficits such as employment impairments found among individuals with bipolar disorder and other severe mental illnesses, and the impact of current psychosocial interventions on remediating these deficits. Dr. O’Donnell received her MSW in 2005 from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Michigan. She has been trained in various evidence-based treatments and over 12 years of experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and families. She has also been certified as a cognitive therapist through the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research

What I do when I'm not working

In my free time, I love being active and challenging myself with various fitness-related activities. Unfortunately, this past time can result in some unfortunate events such as dropping my cell phone in the ocean while kayaking along the beautiful yet unforgiving shores of the Sunshine Coast (aka Erin Michalak's hometown).


+1 313-577-0438


Social media/website

Twitter: @Lisa_A_ODonnell


The School of Social Work, Wayne State University
5447 Woodward Avenue
Detroit MI, 48202