Kevin Xu

Kevin Xu

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Additional Titles & Roles

  • Director, PGY2 Substance Use Disorders Rotation
  • Physician-Scientist, NIDA K12 Career Development Award Program in Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

Education & Training

  • NIDA Transdiciplinary Training in Addictions Research (TranSTAR) T32 Program: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2023
  • Adult Psychiatry Residency: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2022
  • MD/MPH: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, 2018
  • BA: Biology, Anthropology: Columbia University, New York, NY, 2014

Major Awards

  • American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Ruth Fox Award; ASAM Most Read Scientific Publications of the Year (2022), 2023
  • WUSM Dept. of Psychiatry Excellence in Teaching Award, 2023
  • The Eli Robins Award for excellence in research, teaching and clinical psychiatry, WUSM, 2022
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Travel Award for Early Career Investigators; American Society for Addiction Medicine NIDA Young Investigator Award; American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) New Investigator Award, The Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA) Travel Award, 2022
  • APA Psychiatric Research Fellowship Award, APA Research Colloquium for Junior Psychiatrist Investigators, 2022
  • Career Development Institute (CDI) for Psychiatry, 2022
  • John Renner Award, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, 2021

Areas of Clinical Interest

Substance use disorders

Research Interests

1) Examining the comparative effectiveness of medication to treat addiction in birthing people
2) Using real-world data to examine inequities in psychiatric diagnosis
3) Understanding the risks/benefits associated with prescribing controlled substances in people with addiction
4) Evaluating the rational deprescribing and prescribing of psychotropic medications

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Key Publications

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    Funded Research Projects

    7/1/2023-present, K12 DA041449 Career Development Award Program in Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders (K12 scholar)
    7/1/2024-6/30/2025, WU Here and Now Award (Co-I)
    6/1/2024-5/30/2025, Center for Perioperative Mental Health R03 Pilot and Feasibility Grant (PI)
    4/17/2023-4/17/2024, WU ICTS Collaborative Administrative Data Research Award (Co-PI)
    7/1/2022-6/30/2024, American Psychiatric Association (APA) Psychiatric Research Award (PI)