Ellen McGinnis, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry, Larner College of Medicine

Dr. McGinnis is an assistant professor of psychiatry in the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families at the University of Vermont. She has a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and a BS in psychology from Lafayette College. Her research focuses on the physiology underlying anxiety and depression in children and young adults. In collaboration with colleagues in biomedical engineering, she uses machine learning techniques to develop digital phenotypes and therapeutics (smartphone apps!) to make mental health tools more accessible. Dr. McGinnis teaches courses such as “Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies” on the neuroscience of wellness, and “Family Wellness Coaching” on how to conduct assessment and interventions for patients’ families. She grew up in Vermont and is thrilled to be back with her partner and two young boys.