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BSC Counselor - Joan L. Luby, MD

Joan L. Luby, M.D. 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 focuses on preschool mood disorders, particularly depression, its clinical characteristics, biological markers, alterations in brain and emotional development in young children with depressive syndromes. In addition, treatment development that focuses on early psychotherapeutic intervention, sensitive periods and neural markers of change is also a key area of focus. 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.  Among her honors are the NARSAD Gerald Klearman award for outstanding research and the AACAP Irving Philips award for prevention.  Dr. Luby has published extensively in numerous general and child psychiatric journals and serves on a number of editorial boards.