Olivia O’Leary is a lecturer in the Department of Neuroscience & Anatomy, UCC. Olivia graduated with a BSc in Biotechnology, NUI, Galway, followed by an MSc in Neuropharmacology at the same institution. She was a visiting scholar for over three years at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, where she conducted her PhD research in behavioural neuropharmacology. This was followed by postdoctoral research at the Neuroscience Centre at the University of Helsinki where her research was focused on the role of neuronal plasticity in pathophysiology and treatment of psychiatric disorders. In 2008, Olivia was awarded a prestigious Career Development Award from the Health Research Board to conduct her research at the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, where she was appointed as lecturer in 2011. Olivia then joined the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience as a lecturer in 2012. Olivia’s main research interest is in the neurobiology and treatment of stress-related psychiatric disorders with a particular focus on depression.