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Joan L. Luby, MD

Awarded by child psychiatry academy

by Jim DrydenDecember 2, 2015

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has honored two child psychiatrists at Washington University School of Medicine.

Joan L. Luby, MD, the Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Child Psychiatry, was awarded the AACAP’s Irving Phillips Award for Prevention. In addition, John N. Constantino, MD, received the organization’s 2015 George Tarjan Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities. Constantino is the Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics.

Luby was recognized for her work with very young children who have depression. Her research includes brain-imaging studies that may point to treatment windows during particular stages of brain development.

The Phillips Award was established in honor of Irving Phillips, MD, who served as the AACAP president from 1985-87 and was well-known for his work in the field of prevention. Both awards were presented in October at the academy’s annual meeting in San Antonio.

Jim retired from Washington University in 2023. While at WashU, Jim covered psychiatry and neuroscience, pain and opioid research, orthopedics, diabetes, obesity, nutrition and aging. He formerly worked at KWMU (now St. Louis Public Radio) as a reporter and anchor, and his stories from the Midwest also were broadcast on NPR. Jim hosted the School of Medicine's Show Me the Science podcast, which highlights the outstanding research, education and clinical care underway at the School of Medicine. He has a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.