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Eric Lenze, MD

Current Position
Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Geriatric Psychiatry Rotation Director

Education and Training
M.D.: Washington University School of Medicine, 1994
Psychiatry Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, 1998
Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1999

Major Awards
Best Doctors in America (2005-present)
Resident Mentoring award from Washington University Department of Psychiatry (2012)

Areas of Clinical Interest
Anxiety disorders, depression, and brain health in older adults.


Areas of Research Interests
I am the Director of the Healthy Mind Lab. My main research focus is developing and testing treatments for depression, anxiety, and brain health in older adults.

My expertise is in clinical trials; my work includes novel treatments (including Ketamine & Kappa opioid antagonists), predictors of response, neuroendocrinology, neuropsychology, pharmacotherapy, mindfulness, exercise, mobile technology, and medical rehabilitation.

More articles and abstracts at the National Library of Medicine

Key Publications
Rollman BL, Belnap BH, Mazumdar S, Abebe KZ, Karp JF, Lenze EJ, Schulberg HC, (2017 Mar). Telephone-Delivered Stepped Collaborative Care for Treating Anxiety in Primary Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 32(3): 245-255.  Full Article ->

Ashton NJ, Hye A, Leckey CA, Jones AR, Gardner A, Elliott C, Wetherell JL, Lenze EJ, Killick R, Marchant NL, (2017 06). Plasma REST: a novel candidate biomarker of Alzheimer's disease is modified by psychological intervention in an at-risk population. Transl Psychiatry. 7(6): e1148.  Full Article ->

Wetherell JL, Hershey T, Hickman S, Tate SR, Dixon D, Bower ES, Lenze EJ, (2017 Jul). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Older Adults With Stress Disorders and Neurocognitive Difficulties: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Clin Psychiatry. 78(7): e734-e743.  Full Article ->

Rawson KS, Dixon D, Civitelli R, Peterson TR, Mulsant BH, Reynolds CF, Lenze EJ, (2017 Sep). Bone Turnover with Venlafaxine Treatment in Older Adults with Depression. J Am Geriatr Soc. 65(9): 2057-2063.  Full Article ->

Iaboni A, Rawson K, Burkett C, Lenze EJ, Flint AJ, (2017 09). Potentially Inappropriate Medications and the Time to Full Functional Recovery After Hip Fracture. Drugs Aging. 34(9): 723-728.  Full Article ->

Cristancho P, Lenze EJ, Dixon D, Miller JP, Mulsant BH, Reynolds CF, Butters MA, (2018 Apr). Executive Function Predicts Antidepressant Treatment Noncompletion in Late-Life Depression. J Clin Psychiatry. 79(3):   Full Article ->

Funded Research Projects
NCATS(Significant Contributor):Maximizing the Impact of the Multicenter Clinical Trial Enterprise
NIMH(PI):Enhanced Medical Rehabilitation for Older Adults
James S. McDonnell Foundation(Significant Contributor):Reconstructing Consciousness and Cognition, Phase 2
NIMH(PI):Mechanisms of Cognitive Decline in Late-Life Anxiety Disorders
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute(PI):Re-engineering Geriatric Post-acute Rehabilitation for Higher Engagement and Higher Intensity
NIMH(Key Personnel):An Efficient Method of Testing Pharmacological Enhancement for Treating Anxiety
NIMH(PI):2/3 Antiglucocorticoid Therapy for Cognitive Dysfunction in Late-life Anxiety
NIH(Significant Contributor):Novel Therapeutics Research Training Program
Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation(PI):Fall-related Injury Prevention: Pharmacogenomics to Improve Antidepressant Safety
NIA(Significant Contributor):Self-management to Prevent Falls in Older Adults with Cancer
NIA(Significant Contributor):Electroencephalograph Guidance of Anesthesia to Alleviate Geriatric Syndromes (ENGAGES)
NIA(Significant Contributor):Implementation of Home Modifications to Prevent Falls for Older Adults at High Risk
NIA(PI):Remediating Age Related Cognitive Decline: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Exercise
McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience(PI):Functional Connectivity Mechanismsof NMDA Antagonist Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder
NIH(Significant Contributor):Loving-Kindness Meditation and Yoga in the Return to Normal Psychological Functioning in Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury
NCCIH(PI):Optimizing Interventions to Reverse Stress Effects on the Aging Brain
NCATS(Significant Contributor):A Mechanistic Approach to Optimize MBSR for Tinnitus
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute(PI):Optimizing Outcomes in Treatment-Resistant Depression in Older Adults
NCATS(Significant Contributor):The NCATS Clinical Trial Mobile Suite
NIAMSD(Significant Contributor):Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Adult Clinical Center
NCCIH(Significant Contributor):Neural Mechanisms of Mindfulness: A Discordant Twin Design
ICTS(PI):High Dose Ketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression in Older Adolescents
NIDCD(Significant Contributor):Relieving the Emotional Stress of Tinnitus and Improving Attentional Focus Trial
NIH(Key Personnel):Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Insomnia for Adults with Chronic Pain due to Rheumatoid Arthritis
NCATS(Significant Contributor):Fully-Remote Clinical Trial of Exercise in Older Adults: Focus on Rigor and Reproducibility
Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation(PI):Exercise for Older Adults: Community-based E-Technology Assisted Clinical Trial
NIA(PI):Remediating Age Related Cognitive Decline: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Exercise
NCATS(Significant Contributor):Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences: Network Capacity – Liaison to Trial Innovation Centers
NIMH(Significant Contributor):5/5 Neurocognitive and neuroimaging biomarkers: predicting progression toward dementia in patients with treatment resistant late-life depression
NIDCD(Significant Contributor):Relieving the Emotional Stress of Tinnitus and Improving Attentional Focus Trial