Mary Ann McDonnell, Ph.D., RNCS, FPNP is licensed as a child and adolescent clinical nurse specialist and a family psychiatric nurse practitioner and has a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Dr. McDonnell is best known for her research and clinical work with children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders. She specializes in the medication management of difficult to treat children and adolescents and is passionate about her work with youth and adults in the community.
As the director of the clinical trials program in pediatric psychopharmacology research at Massachusetts General Hospital for over 10 years, Dr. McDonnell was a co-investigator of 81 research studies of psychiatric disorders and medications and she continues to conduct psychiatric research studies in her private practice. Dr. McDonnell has been a professor of psychopharmacology in the graduate nursing program at Northeastern University for many years and continues to train and mentor psychiatric nurse practitioners in her practice. In her previous role as the founder and CEO of STEP UP for BP Kids, a nonprofit organization, Dr. McDonnell was able to provide education, training and support for families of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder and a summer camp program for children and adolescents with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Dr. McDonnell is the author of a book entitled Is Your Child Bipolar and Positive Parenting for Bipolar Kids and was an expert consultant for a series of 30 books on child and adolescent psychopathology. She has 10 scientific publications in the area of psychopharmacology in children, adolescents and adults and is a sought after public speaker for conferences and education seminars across the country. Dr. McDonnell obtained her Associates of Science in Nursing Degree at Quincy College, her Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree, Masters of Science in Nursing Degree, and her Ph.D in Philosophy at Northeastern University in Boston.