Joan L. Luby, M.D.
Scientific Council Member (Joined 2018)
2020 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research
2008, 2004 Independent Investigator Grant
2004 Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research
1999 Young Investigator Grant
Joan L. Luby, M.D.
Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Psychiatry (Child)
Director and Founder, Early Emotional Development Program
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Dr. Joan Luby is the Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Psychiatry (Child) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is the founder and director of the Washington University School of Medicine Early Emotional Development Program (EEDP). Dr. Luby’s research has focused on the characterization of early childhood psychopathology, early behavioral and biological markers of risk, and associated alterations in brain and emotional development in early childhood. In addition her program of research has informed the influence of the psychosocial environment on brain development, sensitive periods for these effects and implications for risk and early intervention for mental disorders. Dr. Luby’s contributions include establishing the criteria for identification, validation and early intervention in depressive syndromes in the preschool age group as well as studies in humans showing the effect of parental nurturance and early experiences of poverty on brain development. She has also developed and tested an early psychotherapeutic intervention for preschool depression. Among her honors are the NARSAD Gerald Klearman award for outstanding research and the AACAP Irving Philips award for prevention and the Washington University School of Medicine Faculty Achievement Award. Dr. Luby has published extensively in general and child psychiatric journals and serves on a number of editorial boards.
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