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Joan Luby, MD

Current Position
Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Child Psychiatry

University Roles
Director, Early Emotional Development Program

Education and Training
A.B.: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1981
Medical Degree: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, 1985
Residency: Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, 1988
Fellowship: Child Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, 1990

Major Awards
Washington University School of Medicine Faculty Achievement Award, 2015; Mentor and Executive Committee Member NIMH Child Intervention Prevention and Services (CHIPS) Multi-site Research Training Institute, 2014; Lifetime Achievement Award in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (University of Missouri, 2014; WUSM Department of Psychiatry Resident Mentor Award, 2014; Chairperson, NIMH Special Emphasis Review Panel- Interventions Conflicts, 2014; President Elect-International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 2013-Present; Member of WUSM Faculty Practice Plan Committee, 2012-Present; President of Academic Women’s Network, 2011-2012; Academic Women’s Network Mentor of the Year Award, 2011; AACAP Outstanding Mentor Award, 2011; AACAP Council, 2012-Present; CHADS Coalition for Mental Health Career Award, 2010; CHADS Coalition for Mental Health Research Award, 2008; Listed in America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2002-04, 2007, 2011-2012; NARSAD Gerald L. Klerman Award for Outstanding Clinical Research, 2004; Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2002-2008, 2011-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc); NIMH and NARSAD Career Development Award, 1999-2003; Gordon Andrews Community Service Award in Child Psychiatry, 1989; Graduate with Honors, Poetry and Science, Brown University, 1981

Areas of Clinical Interest
Mood disorders in preschool children: diagnosis and treatment, Developmental Psychopathology, Mental disorders in preschool children, Dyadic Play Therapy for preschool mood disorders, Infant/Preschool Psychiatry


Areas of Research Interests
- Studies of early onset depression, validators, clinical characteristics, biological markers and alterations in brain structure and function related to early onset depression
- Psychotherapeutic treatments for early onset depression focusing on emotion development
- Studies of early experience and brain development
- Studies of alterations in emotion development in early onset mood disorders
- Novel treatments for early onset depression focused on attention bias
- Sensitive periods in emotion development

More articles and abstracts at the National Library of Medicine

Key Publications
Belden A, Barch DM, Oakberg TJ, April LM, Harms MP, Botteron KN, Luby JL. Anterior Insula Volume and Guilt: Neurobehavioral Markers of Recurrence after Early Childhood Major Depressive Disorder. In Press: JAMA Psychiatry.

Luby JL, Gaffrey MS, Tillman R, April LM, Belden AC. Trajectories of preschool disorders to full DSM depression at school age and early adolescence: Continuity of preschool depression. In press: American Journal of Psychiatry.   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 ->

Luby JL, Gaffrey MS, Tillman R, April LM, Belden AC (2014 Apr 4). Trajectories of Preschool Disorders to Full DSM Depression at School Age and Early Adolescence: Continuity of Preschool Depression. Am J Psychiatry.   Full Article ->

Luby JL, Barch DM, Belden A, Gaffrey M, Tillman R, Babb C, Nishino T, Suzuki H, Botteron KN. Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age. Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences. 2012;109(8):2854-9.   Full Article ->

Luby JL, Lenze S, Tillman R. A novel early intervention for preschool depression: Findings from a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2012;53(3):313-322.  Full Article ->

Funded Research Projects
- R01 (PI) Preschool Mood Disorders: Developmental Continuity & School Age Outcomes
- R01 (PI) Neuroimaging in Early Onset Depression:Longitudinal Assessment of the Brain
-T32 (Co-PI with Deanna Barch, Ph.D.) Developmental Neuroscience and Child Psychopathology
- R01 (PI) A Randomized Controlled Trial of PCIT-ED for Preschool Depression

- Functional Neuroimaging in a Depressed Preschool Population Pre and Post Treatment (PI)
- Functional Neuroimaging in Depressed Preschoolers:Longitudinal Outcomes (PI)

- Seratonin Transporter Polymorphisms & Course of Preschool Onset Depression (PI)

- Brain Imaging in Preschoolers at High Risk for Depression (Co-PI with Deanna Barch, Ph.D.)