Psychiatric help for families prevents continuing child abuse, neglect

Aimed at helping abused and neglected children and their families, a program is improving outcomes for kids. The program is run by child psychiatry researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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The science of countering childhood obesity

Dr. Wilfley’s investigations into the range of weight management concepts suggest the need for multipart strategies far beyond the fad diets and quick fixes embraced by popular culture.

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Nagele honored by Society of Biological Psychiatry

Peter Nagele, MD, an associate professor of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Ziskind-Somerfeld Research Award from the Society for Biological Psychiatry.

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Very young children with depression commonly think about suicide

A group of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, led by psychiatrist Joan Luby are finding very young children with depression think about suicide. The group just gained federal funding to further study the issue.

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Welcome to the Washington University, Department of Psychiatry’s website. The department has been at the forefront of psychiatric care for decades. Members of our faculty were among the first to champion the medical model of psychiatry and view psychiatric dysfunction as an interaction between genes and environment. The department and its faculty continue to be in the vanguard of both the study and treatment of mental illness. In order to prepare for the future, the department also devotes a significant amount of time and effort to the training of the next generation of clinicians and researchers. We provide training at the medical student, residency, fellowship, and pre-, and post-doctoral levels. We invite you to visit our site to learn more about our history, the faculty, and what we do to increase our understanding of nervous system function and improve the treatment of mental disorders.