O'Donovan honored by American Psychosomatic Society

By Nicholas Roznovsky
 

UC San Francisco assistant adjunct professor Aoife O'Donovan, PhD, has been recognized by the American Psychosomatic Society (APS) with its 2019 Herbert E. Weiner Early Career Award. She received the honor last weekend during the society's 77th annual scientific meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she also delivered her award lecture, "An Inflammatory Story: How Traumatic Stress Causes Ill Health." 

APS established the Herbert Weiner Early Career Award to identify individuals who have contributed significantly during the early stages of their career to the field of psychosomatic medicine and show substantial promise of continued meritorious academic accomplishments in the discipline. As part of her award, O'Donovan presented a lecture titled. Previous recipients include UCSF faculty members Mary Whooley, MD, and Aric Prather, PhD.

O'Donovan's research is focused on uncovering the mechanisms by which psychological experiences influence the development of age-related diseases, with a particular interest in how psychosocial stress influences the biological aging process. She is the principal investigator for the UCSF Trauma and Health Research on Immunity, Vitality and Emotions (THIRVE) Laboratory based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. In 2017, she was named a UCSF Hellman Fellow and recently received the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies' 2018 Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award.
 


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