Homewood Research Chair in Mental Health and Trauma
Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University
Research Lead, Mental Health and Addictions, St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Dr. McKinnon received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto and subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute. She is a psychologist in the Mood Disorders Program and Clinical Neuropsychology Service at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Research, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University. Her research focuses on the interplay between cognitive and emotional processes at the neural and behavioral level.
The majority of Dr. McKinnon’s work is conducted in special populations, including patients with PTSD and with mood disorders. She is particularly interested in how emotion and cognition relate to autobiographical memory and social cognition, two areas of function commonly affected by neurological illness or insult. She is also involved in the implementation of novel treatment interventions aimed at reducing cognitive symptoms of illness and improving functional outcomes among patients with neuropsychiatric illness. Dr. McKinnon’s research work has been funded by a number of agencies including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran’s Health Research, National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders, and Ontario Mental Health Foundation.