Ginger Nicol

Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Child)

Additional Titles & Roles


  • Co-Director, Mobile Health Research Core (MHRC)

Education & Training


  • Postdoctoral Training: NIDA Research Fellowship: Biomedical Research Training in Drug Abuse, 2010
  • Fellowship: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2007
  • Residency: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2005
  • MD: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2002
  • BA: Journalism & Mass Communications: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1998
  • Obesity Medicine Board Certification: American Board of Obesity Medicine, 2020

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
  • Child Fellowship Mentoring Award, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 2019

Areas of Clinical Interest


Obesity and metabolic health in children, adults and older adults with severe mental illness; eating disorders; medical weight management.

Research Interests


Identification and prevention of cardiometabolic risk in mentally ill populations, psychopharmacology, medical and behavioral treatment of obesity and eating disorders in children, adults and older adults.

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Key Publications


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Funded Research Projects


Nutrition & Obesity Research Center(PI):Metabolic Effects of Metformin in Obese Antipsychotic Treated Youth
NIAMSD(Significant Contributor):Purposeful Understanding of Molecular Mechanisms in Pediatric Exercise Discovery (PUMMPED)
NICHD(PI):3/4-Metformin in Youths with Antipsychotic-related Weight Gain
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute(Significant Contributor):Genetics and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (G-PCOR) Web Portal
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute(Significant Contributor):Bringing Data about Genetic Susceptibility Factors to Outcome Researchers Through Engaging Stakeholders: The Bridge Project
National Eating Disorders Association(PI):Establishing and implementing a research infrastructure for eating disorders in a clinical setting
Children’s Discovery Institute(Significant Contributor):Genetic, molecular, and socio-behavioral data for precision medicine in adolescent bariatric surgery
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute(Significant Contributor):Optimizing Outcomes in Treatment-Resistant Depression in Older Adults
Alkermes, Inc.(PI):A Phase 3 Study to Assess the Long Term Safety, Tolerability, and Durability of Treatment Effect of ALKS 3831 in Subjects with Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform Disorder, or Bipolar I Disorder
NIMH(Significant Contributor):Discovery and CRISPR validation of genetic factors associated with antipsychotic-induced weight gain and cardiometabolic risk
ICTS(PI):Intermittent Fasting in Obese Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental Disorder
NIH(Significant Contributor):PRomoting OptiMIzed methodS to rEduce cardiometabolic risk (PROMISE)
ICTS(PI):Ecological Daily Needs Assessment for Behavioral Weight Loss in Mentally Ill Kids
NIDDK(Significant Contributor):Psychological influences on obesogenic behaviors among healthcare workers: Impact on weight and intervention efficacy
NIMH(PI):Age-dependent CRISPR-measured Effects of Antipsychotics on Adiposity
NCATS(Significant Contributor):Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences: Network Capacity – Liaison to Trial Innovation Centers
NIMH(Significant Contributor):Adaptation of an Evidence-based Interactive Obesity Treatment Approach (iOTA) for Obesity Prevention in Early Serious Mental Illness: iOTAeSMI