Charles H. Zeanah, Jr, MD
Sellars-Polchow Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (since 1998)
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology
Executive Director, Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Director of Tulane Infant Team
Consultant, Early Childhood Support and Services
Education and Training:
Tulane University 1973 B.A.
Tulane University School of Medicine 1977 M.D.
University of Virginia School of Medicine 1978 Internship in Pediatrics
Duke University Medical Center 1980 Residency in General Psychiatry
Stanford University School of Medicine 1982 Residency in Child Psychiatry
Stanford University School of Medicine 1984 Research Fellow in Child Psychiatry
My major academic interest has been in the area of infant mental health, especially in understanding infants' development in the context of the infant-parent relationships. I conduct research on the effects of abuse, neglect, serious deprivation and exposure to violence on young children and on interventions designed to help them recover. I also have studied approaches to understanding psychopathology in young children, in particular, disorders of attachment posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as interventions for young children who have experienced maltreatment. Questions under investigation include how early experiences affect development, what is similar and different about psychopathology in the early years, and what are the neurobiological correlates of behavioral disturbances in young children?
Nelson , C.A., Zeanah, C.H., Fox, N.A., Marshall, P.J., Smyke, A.T. & Guthrie, D. (2007). Cognitive recovery in socially deprived young children: The Bucharest early intervention project. Science, 318, 1937-1940.
Zeanah, C.H., Stafford, B., Boris, N.W. & Scheeringa, M. (in press). Infant development: The first three years of life. In A. Tasman, J. Kay & J. Lieberman, (Eds.), Psychiatry (3rd Edition), Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders
Zeanah, C.H. & Smyke, A.T. (in press). Attachment disorders in family and social context. Infant Mental Health Journal.
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