Holly O'Donnell PhD

Assistant Professor Clinical Psychologist
  • Barbara Davis Center
  • Anschutz Campus - Sch of Med - BDC Pediatric
  • School of Medicine

Dr. O’Donnell joined the faculty in 2022. Her research interests include 1) psychological impact of screening for type 1 diabetes (genetic risk and autoantibodies); 2) psychological aspects of living with type 1 diabetes (e.g., fear of hypoglycemia, diabetes distress, burnout); and 3) screening for psychological barriers to adherence and integration into clinical care. She is a member of the Psychosocial Committees for TEDDY and TrialNet, and serves as the consulting psychologist for ASK and ASK the Experts at the Barbara Davis Center. She is the PI of a pilot grant examining the psychological experience of children in ASK (e.g., anxiety about developing T1D) as well as predictors of engagement and retention in the monitoring program. She is co-I for two muti-site R01s testing treatments for psychological barriers to adherence (i.e., fear of hypoglycemia, diabetes burnout). Clinically, she enjoys working with patients of all ages and their families to address psychological aspects of living with type 1 diabetes and improve quality of life. Dr. O’Donnell trained as a pediatric psychologist and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric type 1 diabetes.  

Areas of Expertise


  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Stress Management
  • Child and Teen Health - Juvenile Diabetes
  • Child and Teen Health


Education, Licensure & Certifications

Graduate Schools :

  • PhD, University of Colorado Denver (2020)
  • MA, University of Colorado Denver (2016)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Middlebury College (VT) (2012)
  • Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program (2020)
  • University of Colorado, Psychology (2022)

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