The department of neurology and psychiatry will host Joint Grand Rounds from 8-9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Lecture Hall 1 in Schwitalla Hall.
Joan Luby, M.D., will present "Preschool Onset Depression, Parenting and Brain Development."
Luby is a professor of psychiatry (child) at Washington University School of Medicine and is founder and director of the Washington University School of Medicine Early Emotional Development Program (EEDP).
The EEDP is a clinical research program that focuses on the study and treatment of affective disorders in preschool age children. Luby's clinical work and National Institute of Mental Health, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia (NARSAD) and Depression and CHAD funded research focuses specifically on preschool depression, clinical characteristics, biological markers and alterations in the emotional development of young children associated with early onset mood disorders.
More recently, these studies have extended into investigations of alterations in brain development in children with early onset depression. This work is being conducted in collaboration with neuroimaging colleagues, Deanna Barch, M.D., and Kelly Botteron, M.D.
Luby's contributions include the first large scale empirical studies that have established the criteria for identification, validation and clinical characteristics as well as longitudinal course of depressive syndromes in the preschool age group.
Luby was awarded the Gerald Klearman Award for outstanding research from NARSAD in 2004 as well as numerous honorary lectureships. She chairs the infancy committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has published extensively in numerous general and child psychiatric journals on the issue of preschool mood disorders and young child psychopathology.