Paula D. Zeanah, PhD

Current Positions:
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Chief, Psychology Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Supervisor, Pediatric-Psychiatry Liaison Service
Clinical Developer and Director, Infant Mental Health for Louisiana's MIECHV programs through theLA Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health
Adjunct Faculty, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Education and Training:
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 1992 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Brown University Clinical Psychology 1991-92 Internship in Clinical Psychology
Internship Consortium, Providence, RI Child/Pediatric Track
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 1979 M.S.N.
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 1975 B.S.N.
Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA 1973 Diploma in Nursing
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 1975 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

I have worked with children and their families with significant medical and psychiatric issues, as well as healthy children and families, throughout my career as a pediatric nurse and clinical child psychologist. I provide direct services, clinical supervision, and training for the pediatric-psychiatry consultation-liaison program, which is a required component of the child psychiatry training and a core rotation for the child psychology internship program. In my work with the LA Office of Public Health, I provide overall clinical direction for the NFP program. I am also involved in program development, professional training, and other initiatives that involve mental health issues related to pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood, including perinatal depression, perinatal loss, mental health screening and consultation, and parent-infant assessment. My research interests include mental health issues in non-mental health settings, implementation issues in nurse home visiting, chronic illness in childhood, professional development, and sexual self-esteem. I have published numerous articles and chapters, and present frequently at local, state, national, and international professional meetings.

Selected Publications:

Hogan, A.E., Dillon, C.O., Fernandes, S., Spieker, S., & Zeanah, P.D. (2012). Creating and sustaining an interdisciplinary infant-early childhood mental health workforce. Zero to Three, 33, 35-42.

Hurst, J., Zeanah, P., Lewis, L, & Mills, K. (2012). Examining the association between nutrition and psychosocial factors in first-time pregnant women: A cross-sectional pilot study, International Journal of Disability and Human Development, 11.

Swenson, R. R., Houck, C. D., Barker, D., Zeanah, P. D., & Brown, L. K. (2012). Prospective analysis of the transition to sexual experience and changes in sexual self-esteem among adolescents attending therapeutic schools. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 77-85.

Zeanah, C.H. & Zeanah, P. D. (2010).Infant mental health. In B. Lester & J. Sparrow (Eds).Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. Berry Brazelton, Wiley-Blackwell, United Kingdom.

Zeanah, P. D. & Gleason, M. M. (2009). Infant mental health in pediatric primary care settings. In C.H. Zeanah (Ed.), Handbook of Infant Mental Health, 3rd Ed., New York:Guilford Press.

Hinshaw-Fuselier, S., Larrieu, J., & Zeanah, P. D. (2009). Training in infant mental health. InC.H. Zeanah (Ed). Handbook of Infant Mental Health, 3rd Ed., New York:Guilford Press.

Zeanah, P.D., Bailey, L.O., & Berry, S. (2009). Infant mental health and the "real world": Opportunities for interface and impact. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 18, 773-787.

Phone: (504) 988-5405
Fax: (504) 988-4264




Paula Zeanah

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000