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Dr. Heather McNeely completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Waterloo, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Schizophrenia Division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto and in the ERP Laboratory at the Rotman Research Institute. She started her career in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at CAMH focusing on the cognitive and neurophysiological mechanisms underlying mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, depression, OCD and phobias. Since moving to St. Joseph’s and McMaster in 2005, she has held a number of clinical and education leadership roles. She is currently Head of Clinical Neuropsychology SJHH, Director of Continuing Education and Interprofessional Faculty Development, and Interim Academic Lead for the Schizophrenia Division, McMaster University.   

Featured Publications

Gardizi, E., King, J.P., McNeely, H.E., & Vaz, S.M. (2018). Comparability of the WCST and WCST-64 in the assessment of first-episode psychosis. Psychological Assessment, doi: 10.1037/pas0000670

McInerney, S.J., McNeely, H.E., Geraci, J. Giacobbe, P. Rizvi, S.J., Ceniti, A.K., Cyriac, A., Mayberg, H.S.,  Lozano, A.M. & Kennedy, S.H. (2017).  Neurocognitive Predictors of Response in Treatment Resistant Depression to Subcallosal Cingulate Gyrus Deep Brain Stimulation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Vol 11, Article 74

Pyrke RJ, McKinnon MC, McNeely HE, Ahern C, Langstaff KL & Bieling PJ (2017). Evidence-Based Design Features Improve Sleep Quality Among Psychiatric Inpatients.  Health Environments Research & Design Journal, Article first published online: January 1, 2017 

Zhu, N., Moulden, H.M., McNeely, H.E. & Mamak, M. (2013).  The Role of Inattention in the Relationship between Mental Illness and Crime. The Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 13, 28 – 39.

McNeely, H.E., Mayberg, H.S., Lozano, A.M. & Kennedy, S.H. (2008).  Neuropsychological impact of Cg25 deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression: Preliminary results over 12 months. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 196, 405-410.

Mayberg, H., Lozano, A.M., Voon, V., Kennedy, S.K., McNeely, H.E., Hamani, C., Schwalb, J.M., Seminowicz, D. (2005).  Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression.  Neuron, 45, 1-10.

McNeely, H.E., Christensen, B.K, West, R. & Alain, C. (2003).  Neurophysiological evidence for disturbances of conflict processing in patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 679-688

Clinical and Research Interests

SCIS Lead: Enhancing measurement based care and implementation of Health Quality Ontario Standards for treatment of adulst with schizophrenia

SCIS Champion: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychosis


  • B.A. Queen's University, 1992
  • B.A.. (Hons), Lakehead University, 1994
  • M.A., Carlton University, 1996
  • Ph.D., University of Waterloo, 1999
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2001

Research Areas

This faculty member is a core member of the Research and Clinical Training (RCT) stream in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University.  

Dr. McNeely's research focuses on identifying biopsychosocial predictors of treatment response and enhancing functional outcomes for individuals with schizophrenia and severe mental illness.  

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