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Natasha Marrus, MD, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry (Child)

University Roles
Attending, School Consultation Clinic at Washington University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic

Attending, Autism Clinical Center, Washington University

Education and Training
BS in Biological Sciences: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1999

BA in Spanish: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1999

PhD in Neuroscience: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2007

Medical Degree: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2007

Residency: General Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2010

Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2012

Major Awards
Travel Award, International Meeting for Autism Research, 2016

Missouri Families for Effective Treatment of Autism, Executive Board, 2015

Diversity Award, International Meeting for Autism Research, 2014

Eli Robins Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychiatry, in Teaching, and in Research, 2012

Chief Resident, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Summer 2011-present

Educational Outreach Program Travel Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2009

Autism and Intellectual Disability Committee, Trainee member, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2009-2011

Ruth and William Silen, M.D. Award, New England Science Symposium 2005

Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

Areas of Clinical Interest
Child and adolescent psychiatry, autism, pervasive developmental disorder, developmental disability, early childhood development, school consultation


Areas of Research Interests
Autism, development of language and social cognition, social motivation, emotion regulation in early childhood, biomarkers of child psychiatric disorders, neuroimaging


Key Publications
Marrus N, Eggebrecht AT, Todorov A, Elison JT, Wolff JJ, Cole L, Gao W, Pandey J, Shen MD, Swanson MR, Emerson RW, Klohr CL, Adams CM, Estes AM, Zwaigenbaum L, Botteron KN, McKinstry RC, Constantino JN, Evans AC, Hazlett HC, Dager SR, Paterson SJ, Schultz RT, Styner MA, Gerig G, , Schlaggar BL, Piven J, Pruett JR, (2018 Feb). Walking, Gross Motor Development, and Brain Functional Connectivity in Infants and Toddlers. Cereb. Cortex. 28(2): 750-763.  Full Article ->

Hwang, HG, Marrus, N, Irving, K, and Markson, L. Three-year-old children detect social exclusion in third-party interactions. Journal of Cognition and Development, 2017 Sep 19. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2017.1368517.

Constantino JN, Kennon-McGill S, Weichselbaum C, Marrus N, Haider A, Glowinski AL, Gillespie S, Klaiman C, Klin A, Jones W, (2017 07). Infant viewing of social scenes is under genetic control and is atypical in autism. Nature. 547(7663): 340-344.  Full Article ->

Marrus N, Belden A, Nishino T, Handler T, Ratnanather JT, Miller M, Barch D, Luby J, Botteron K, (2015 Jul). Ventromedial prefrontal cortex thinning in preschool-onset depression. J Affect Disord. 180: 79-86.  Full Article ->

Marrus N, Glowinski AL, Jacob T, Klin A, Jones W, Drain CE, Holzhauer KE, Hariprasad V, Fitzgerald RT, Mortenson EL, Sant SM, Cole L, Siegel SA, Zhang Y, Agrawal A, Heath AC, Constantino JN, (2015 Dec). Rapid video-referenced ratings of reciprocal social behavior in toddlers: a twin study. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 56(12): 1338-46.  Full Article ->

Marrus N, Faughn C, Shuman J, Petersen SE, Constantino JN, Povinelli DJ, Pruett JR, (2011 May). Initial description of a quantitative, cross-species (chimpanzee-human) social responsiveness measure. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 50(5): 508-18.  Full Article ->


Funded Research Projects
National Institute of Mental Health, “Advancing Early Behavioral and Neural Phenotypes of Social Motivation in ASD,” Principal Investigator