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Grand Rounds--17th Annual Todd Ouida Lecture--Joan Luby, MD


Wednesday, December 4th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

RUB Auditoirum

Event Overview

Title: Early Childhood Depression:  Parent-Child Psychotherapy Targeting Emotion Development

Disclosures: TBD

Hosting Faculty: Kate Fitzgerald, PhD

CME Available: Yes

Joan Luby, M.D.
Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Dr. Luby is the Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Child Psychiatry at Washington University. She is founder and director of the Washington University School of Medicine Early Emotional Development Program, which focuses on the study and treatment of mood disorders in preschool-aged children. Dr. Luby’s clinical work and research also focuses on the emotional development of young children and how deviations in this trajectory relate to risk for early onset mood disorders and predict their longitudinal course. Dr. Luby and colleagues have conducted the first large-scale empirical studies to establish the criteria for identifying and validating the characteristics of depression in preschoolers. Dr. Luby and colleagues are currently investigating the role of experience and more specifically early relationships on brain development and risk for mood disorders as well as the effects of early onset depression on brain change. Related to this, early psychotherapeutic intervention that focuses on the parent child relationship in the hopes of changing the trajectory of this early onset disorder is a key aim of the program. Dr. Luby earned her medical degree from Wayne State University and completed her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child psychiatry at Stanford University. She was honored with NARSAD’s Gerald L. Klerman Award for Outstanding Clinical Research in 2004 and the Washington University Faculty Achievement Award in 2015. She serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Psychiatry and The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Todd Ouida Lecture

The Todd Ouida Annual Lecture in Childhood Anxiety and Depression honors the memory of Todd Ouida. Although severe anxiety troubled Todd throughout his early childhood, he overcame the disorder and went on to have a rich high school experience, later earning a degree in psychology from U-M. He had just launched into the beginning of a promising career when he lost his life in the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks at the age of 25. The lecture is traditionally held in the fall at the Rachel Upjohn Building and features a prominent speaker with expertise in anxiety or depression among youth.

Todd’s parents, Herb and Andrea Ouida, also established the Todd Ouida Clinical Scholar Awards, which are designed to further the work of outstanding young researchers working in childhood anxiety and depression. Herb Ouida serves as a member of the Depression Center’s National Advisory Board.