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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, 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, Underwood-Riordan H, Randall F, Zhang Y, Constantino JN, (2014 Nov). Lack of effect of risperidone on core autistic symptoms: data from a longitudinal study. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 24(9): 513-8.  Full Article ->

Marrus N, Veenstra-Vanderweele J, Hellings JA, Stigler KA, Szymanski L, King BH, Carlisle LL, Cook EH, , Pruett JR, (2014 May). Training of child and adolescent psychiatry fellows in autism and intellectual disability. Autism. 18(4): 471-5.  Full Article ->

Luby J, Belden A, Botteron K, Marrus N, Harms MP, Babb C, Nishino T, Barch D, (2013 Dec). The effects of poverty on childhood brain development: the mediating effect of caregiving and stressful life events. JAMA Pediatr. 167(12): 1135-42.  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
McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience Grant, “Infant Social Dynamics,” co-Principal Investigator