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Ginger Nicol, MD

Current Position
Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Child)

Education and Training
Undergraduate: B.A. Journalism & Mass Communications, University of Iowa, 1998
Graduate: MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, 2002
Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, General Psychiatry, 2005
Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2007
Post-Doctoral: NIDA Research Fellowship, Biomedical Research Training in Drug Abuse, 2010

Major Awards
Eli Robins Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychiatry, Teaching and Research, 2007
Mortimer Goodman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mental Health through MO NAMI, 2014
Resident Mentoring Award, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 2018

Areas of Clinical Interest
Obesity and metabolic outcomes in mentally ill individuals, childhood disruptive behavior and mood disorders, Schizophrenia


Areas of Research Interests
Identification and prevention of cardiometabolic risk in mentally ill populations, psychopharmacology, treatment of obesity and eating disorders.

More articles and abstracts at the National Library of Medicine

Key Publications
Nicol GE, Yingling MD, Flavin KS, Schweiger JA, Patterson BW, Schechtman KB, Newcomer JW, (2018 Jun). Metabolic Effects of Antipsychotics on Adiposity and Insulin Sensitivity in Youths: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry.   Full Article ->

Nicol GE, de Las Fuentes L, Riek AE, Bernal-Mizrachi C, Lenze EJ, Miller JP, Schweiger JA, Yingling MD, Huang VJ, Dixon DJ, Hennekens CH, Newcomer JW, (2015 Sep).Adiposity and Cardiometabolic Risk in Children With and Without Antipsychotic Drug Treatment.J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.. 100(9): 3418-26.  Full Article ->

Morrato EH, Nicol GE, Maahs D, Druss BG, Hartung DM, Valuck RJ, Campagna E, Newcomer JW, (2010 Apr).Metabolic screening in children receiving antipsychotic drug treatment.Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 164(4): 344-51.  Full Article ->

Nicol G, Worsham E, Haire-Joshu D, Duncan A, Schweiger J, Yingling M, Lenze E, (2016 Feb).Getting to More Effective Weight Management in Antipsychotic-Treated Youth: A Survey of Barriers and Preferences.Child Obes. 12(1): 70-6.  Full Article ->

Nicol GE, Morrato EH, Johnson MC, Campagna E, Yingling MD, Pham V, Newcomer JW. Best practices: implementation of a glucose screening program based on diffusion of innovation theory methods. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Jan;62(1):12-4.  Full Article ->

Nicol GE, Campagna EJ, Garfield LD, Newcomer JW, Parks JJ, Morrato EH, (2016 Jan).The Role of Clinical Setting and Management Approach in Metabolic Testing Among Youths and Adults Treated With Antipsychotics.Psychiatr Serv. 67(1): 128-32.  Full Article ->

Funded Research Projects
Center for Diabetes Translation Research(PI):Adaptation of an Evidence-based Interactive Obesity Treatment Approach (iOTA) for Obesity Prevention
The Sidney R. Baer Foundation(PI):Functional Brain Connectivity and Cognitive Processing in Obese Mentally Ill Youth
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute(Significant Contributor):Genetics and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (G-PCOR) Web Portal
NIA(Significant Contributor):Remediating Age Related Cognitive Decline: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Exercise
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute(Significant Contributor):Bringing Data about Genetic Susceptibility Factors to Outcome Researchers Through Engaging Stakeholders: The Bridge Project
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute(Significant Contributor):Optimizing Outcomes in Treatment-Resistant Depression in Older Adults