Gillian A. O'Driscoll

Associate Professor
William Dawson Scholar

Stewart Biological Sciences Bldg.
Room N7/4, 398-4220
gillian at

Research Areas

Clinical, Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Summary

Prof. O'Driscoll is interested in the biological basis of schizophrenia. She is investigating differences in brain structure and function between people at high risk of developing schizophrenia and those who are not. Methods used include brain imaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation, neuropsychological testing and psychophysics. Study populations include schizophrenic patients and populations at risk for schizophrenia as well as psychiatric and healthy control groups.

Selected References

O'Driscoll GA & Callahan BL. (2008). Smooth pursuit in schizophrenia: a meta-analytic review of the research since 1993. Brain and Cognition, 68, 359-370.

Soliman A*, O’Driscoll GA, Pruessner J, Holahan AL*, Boileau I, Gagnon D*, Dagher A. (2008). Stress-induced dopamine release in humans at risk of psychosis: a 11C raclopride PET study. Neuropsychopharmacology, 33: 2033-2041. 

Gagnon D*, Paus T, Grosbras MH, Pike GB, O’Driscoll GA. (2006).  Transcranial magnetic stimulation of frontal oculomotor regions during smooth pursuit.  Journal of  Neuroscience, 26:458-66

O’Driscoll GA, Dépatie L*, Holahan ALV*, Savion-Lemieux T*, Barr RG, Jolicoeur C, Douglas VI. (2005). Executive functions and methylphenidate response in subtypes of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 57(11): 1452-60. 

Updated: February 2013
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