Ginger Nicol

Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Child)

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

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

Research Interests


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

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Key Publications


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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