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Ginger E. Nicol, MD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Child)

University Roles
Co-Director, Outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic

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

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


Areas of Research Interests
Identification and prevention of cardiometabolic risk in mentally ill pediatric populations, psychopharmacology, child mental health care cost and utilization, collaborative care.


Key Publications
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 ->

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 ->

Luby J, Tandon M, Nicol G (2007 Apr). Three clinical cases of DSM-IV mania symptoms in preschoolers. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 17(2): 237-43.  Full Article ->

Gohlke JM, Dhurandhar EJ, Correll CU, Morrato EH, Newcomer JW, Remington G, Nasrallah HA, Crystal S, Nicol G, Adipogenic and Metabolic Effects of APDs Conference Speakers, Allison DB (2012). Recent advances in understanding and mitigating adipogenic and metabolic effects of antipsychotic drugs. Front Psychiatry. 362.  Full Article ->


Funded Research Projects
Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation (PI): Functional Brain Connectivity and Cognitive Processing in Obese Mentally Ill Youth.
Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation (PI): Family Based Behavioral Weight Loss Therapist and Training Program Development.
NIMH (PI): Measurement of Cardiometabolic Risk in Antipsychotic Treated Children
NIMH(Site PI): Metabolic Effects of Antipsychotics in Children
Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide (CHADS, Co-Investigator): Effects of Antipsychotic Therapy & Psychotherapy on Depressive Symptoms of Children with Treatment-resistant Mood Disorders
NARSAD/Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (PI): Biomarkers of Cardiometabolic Risk in Children Treated with Antipsychotics
Dana Brown Charitable Trust(PI):Increasing Outpatient Mental Health Consultation Services to St. Louis Area Families and Pediatricians
Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation (PI): Expansion of Access to Child Mental Health: Triage and Care Coordination.