John Constantino

Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics

Additional Titles & Roles


  • Psychiatrist-In-Chief, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Director, William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Co-Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

Education & Training


  • Research Fellowship: Psychiatric Epidemiology: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1996
  • Fellowship: Child Psychiatry: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 1993
  • Residency: Psychiatry: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 1992
  • Residency: Pediatrics: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 1990
  • MD: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1988
  • BA: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1984

Major Awards


  • George Tarjan Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2015
  • Irving Philips Award for Prevention (Health Promotion and Prevention Committee), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2014
  • Guardian Angel Award, Family Support Network, St. Louis Missouri, 2008
  • Child Advocate of the Year, St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2007
  • Distinguished Service Teaching Award (Clinical Teacher of the Year), Washington University, 2003
  • Gubernational Appointment to the Mental Health Commission, State of Missouri, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Areas of Clinical Interest


Disorders of social development in children (infancy through early adulthood) including autism, abnormally aggressive behavior, personality disorder; psychiatric complications of neurodevelopmental disorders; treatment-refractory child psychiatric conditions.

Research Interests


1) the influence of genetic and environmental influences on childhood social development;
2) the genetic structure of autism spectrum disorders;
3) the prevention of child maltreatment and its consequences;
4) the intergenerational transmission of attachment

Key Publications


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Funded Research Projects


Administration for Children and Families (Co-PI)
Buffering Toxic Stress: Novel Application of Intensive Group-based Parent Training

Missouri Department of Mental Health (PI): Autism Spectrum Disorder Wait list Reduction and Training Services

CDC (PI): Metropolitan St. Louis Autism & Developmental Disabilities Surveillance & Epidemiology

NIMH (Co- PI): ACE Network: A Comprehensive Approach to the Identification of Autism Susceptibility Genes

NICHD (PI): Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

NICHD (PI): Sex Specific Modulation of ASD liability: compensatory mechanisms and recurrence (IDDRC)

St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (PI): Comprehensive Approach to Unmet Mental Health Needs of Preschool Children in Foster Care, Phase 1

NICHD (PI): Early Quantitative Characterization of Reciprocal Social Behavior

CDC (PI): Missouri Autism Centers of Excellence Collaborative Study to Explore Early Development