Stacy Drury, MD, PhD

Current Positions:
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Education and Training:
University of Virginia , B.A, 1993, Religious Studies and Biology
University of Michigan , M.S. 1996, Human Genetics
Louisiana State University Health Science Center , Ph.D. 2000, Genetics and Biometry Louisiana State University Health Science Center , 2002, M.D.
Tulane School of Medicine, Residency in General Psychiatry, 2002-2005.
Tulane School of Medicine, Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2005-2007.

Years at Tulane:
Since 2002

Dr. Drury explores how the interaction of genetic and epigenetic factors with early experience shapes neurodevelopment and long term health outcomes in children.  Her clinical practice and translational research focuses on improving long-term outcomes in at-risk children and infants through an enhanced understanding of the interaction between early life experiences, the stress response systems, and child health and neurodevelopment.

She is the director of the Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Laboratory (BANGL).  The laboratory includes both a molecular genetics basic science “wet” laboratory and a translational research program.

The Infant Development Study is an NIMH funded five year study that will examine the biological impact of prenatal and life course stress on infant development and how the parent-child attachment relationship can buffer life stress in very young children.

Research positions and rotations for graduate and undergraduate students are currently available. If interested complete this form and email to  Dr. Drury (

Current Funding:
2K12HD043451-06   NIH (BIRCWH Fellow) 10/1/2012-9/30/2014
R01ES020447-01: NIEHS (Theall) 09/01/11-08/31/13
R21 MH094688-01: NIMH  (Drury) 7/1/11-6/31/13  
R01 MH101533-01: NIMH (Drury) 08/1/2013-05/30-2018

Representative Publications:
Theall KP, Brett Z, Shirtclif E, Dunn E, Drury SS. (2013) Connecting children’s exposure to community level stress and the cellular response. Social Science and Medicine  85: 50-58.

Theall KP, McKasson S, Mabile E, Dunaway L, Drury SS. (2013) Early hits and long term consequences: tracking the lasting impact of prenatal smoke exposure on telomere length in children. American Journal of Public Health. (in press). doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301208

Drury SS, Gleason MM, Smyke AT, Theall KP, Nelson CA, Fox NA, Zeanah CH (2012) Genetic sensitivity to the caregiving context: The influence of 5httlpr and BDNF val66met on indiscriminate social behavior.  Physiology and Behavior 106:728-735 DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2011.11.014

Drury SS, Theall KA, Gleason MM, Smyke AS, Divito I, Wong J, Fox NA, Zeanah CH, Nelson CH (2011) Telomere length and early social deprivation: linking early adversity and cellular aging. Molecular Psychiatry doi:10.1038/mp.2011.53

Contact Information:
Clinic Appointments (504) 988-4794
Department Phone: (504) 988-5405
BANGL Phone: (504) 988-1438
Fax: (504) 988-4714


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