Michael Bodnar , PhD

Dr. Michael Bodnar is a scientist at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), affiliated with the University of Ottawa.

He obtained a B.Sc. in Biology (2004) and a B.A. in Psychology (2005) from the University of Regina, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (2011) and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2016) from McGill University (Canada). He became a registered psychologist in Québec in 2016 and is currently seeking licensure in Ontario.

Dr. Bodnar is a recipient of the Emerging Research Innovators in Mental Health (eRIMh) incubator program, and joined the IMHR in July 2018. Prior to that, he was a clinical-researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University) in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Bodnar has published 30 peer-reviewed articles as a primary or secondary author, and has obtained funding for his research that has included support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

The focus of Dr. Bodnar’s research is to develop novel, individualised psychological therapies for people with schizophrenia and the related psychoses; with a particular focus on the negative symptoms. His research program also includes MRI scanning, which will be used to offer a more complete portrayal of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and to explore brain changes in relation to receiving various treatments for negative symptoms.