Michael S. Scheeringa, MD

If looking for the Preschool PTSD Treatment manual, the Diagnostic Infant Preschool Assessment, or other instruments developed by Dr. Scheeringa, look on the Tulane Institute of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health site.

Current Positions:
Remigio Gonzalez, MD, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Education and Training:
Indiana University 1984 B.A.
Indiana University School of Medicine 1988 M.D.
Indiana University School of Medicine 1988-92 Residency in Psychiatry
Indiana University School of Medicine 1991-93 Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
LSU School of Medicine 1993-95 Fellowship: Infant Psychiatry
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 2000 Epidemiology

Dr. Scheeringa is carrying out a programmatic series of studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in youth, specializing in very young children. His initial studies pioneered the assessment of the diagnostic criteria. He has conducted NIMH-funded studies of traumatized preschool children to assess their psychiatric symptoms, neurobiological profiles, and family functioning. He has conducted randomized clinical trials  to treat PTSD in preschool children and older youth.  Dr. Scheeringa also has developed and validated a diagnostic interview for very young children..  He has provided training on CBT for PTSD internationally.  He founded a Traumatic Stress Clinic and a Preschool Clinic.  He has served on numerous local and national advisory committees.

Selected References
Scheeringa MS, Haslett, N (2010).  The reliability and criterion validity of the Diagnostic Infant and Preschool Assessment: A new diagnostic instrument for young children.  Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 41, 3, 299-312.

Scheeringa MS, Weems CF, Cohen JA, Amaya-Jackson L, Guthrie D (2011). Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in three through six year-old children: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52, 8, 853-860.

Scheeringa MS (2011). PTSD in Children Younger Than Age of 13: Towards a Developmentally Sensitive Diagnosis. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma 4:3, 181-197

Scheeringa MS, Zeanah CH, Cohen JA (2011). PTSD in children and adolescents: Towards an empirically based algorithm.  Depression and Anxiety 28:9, 770-782.

Scheeringa MS, Myers L, Putnam FW, Zeanah CH (2012). Diagnosing PTSD in Early Childhood: An Empirical Assessment of Four Approaches. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25(4), 359-367.

Weems CF, Scheeringa MS (2013). Maternal depression and treatment gains following a cognitive behavioral intervention for posttraumatic stress in preschool children. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 27, 140-146.

Salloum A, Robst J, Scheeringa MS, Cohen JA, Wang W, Murphy T, Tolin D, & Storch EA (2013).  Step One within Stepped Care Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Young     Children: A Pilot Study. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, on-line April 13, 2013, DOI 10.1007/s10578-013-0378-6.

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