Michael S. Scheeringa, M.D, M.P.H.

Indiana University School of Medicine, M.D., 1988.
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Remy Gonzalez Professorship in Psychiatry

Research Interests

Psychopathology in infant and preschool children; autonomic heart period control; electroencephalography; cortisol regulation; parent-child relationship quality; treatment for young children.

Representative Publications

Scheeringa MS, Zeanah CH, Drell MJ, Larrieu JA (1995). Two approaches to the diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder in infancy and early childhood. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 34, 2:191-200

Scheeringa MS, Zeanah CH (1995). Symptom differences in traumatized infants and young children. Infant Mental Health Journal, 16, 4:259-270

Scheeringa MS, Gaensbauer TJ (2000). Posttraumatic stress disorder. In CH Zeanah (Ed.), Handbook of Infant Mental Health, second edition (pp. 369-381). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Scheeringa MS, Peebles CD, Cook CA, Zeanah CH (2001). Toward establishing procedural, criterion and discriminant validity for PTSD in early childhood. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 40, 1: 52-60

Scheeringa MS (2001). The differential diagnosis of impaired reciprocal social interaction in children: A review of disorders. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 32(1):71-89.

Scheeringa MS, Zeanah CH (2001). A relational perspective on PTSD in early childhood. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 14(4):799-815.

Scheeringa MS, Zeanah CH, Myers L, Putnam FW (2003). New findings on alternative criteria for PTSD in preschool children. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 42, 5:561-570

Task Force on Research Diagnostic Criteria: Infancy and Preschool (2003) (Scheeringa, chair and primary author). Research diagnostic criteria for infants and preschool children: The process and empirical support. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42, 1504-1512

Zeanah CH, Stafford, B, Boris NW, Scheeringa MS (2003). Infant development: The first 3 years of life. In A. Tasman, J. Kay, J. Lieberman (Eds.), Psychiatry (pp.91-117). West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Boris NW, Hinshaw-Fuselier SS, Smyke AT, Scheeringa MS, Heller SS, Zeanah CH (2004). Comparing criteria for attachment disorders: Establishing reliability and validity in high-risk samples. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43(5), 568-577

Scheeringa MS, Zeanah CH, Myers L, Putnam FW (2004). Heart period and variability findings in preschool children with posttraumatic stress symptoms. Biological Psychiatry 55(7), 685-691

Scheeringa MS (2004). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In R DelCarmen-Wiggins, A Carter (Eds.), Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment (pp. 377-397). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Scheeringa MS, Zeanah CH, Myers L, Putnam FW (2005). Predictive validity in a prospective follow-up of PTSD in preschool children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 44(9), 899-906

Scheeringa MS (2006). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Clinical Guidelines And Research Findings. In J Luby (Ed.), Handbook of Preschool Mental Health (pp 165-185). New York: Guilford Press

Scheeringa MS, Wright MJ, Hunt JP, Zeanah CH (2006). Factors affecting the diagnosis and prediction of PTSD symptomatology in children and adolescents. American Journal of Psychiatry 163(4), 644-651.

Scheeringa MS, Salloum A, Arnberger RA, Weems CF, Amaya-Jackson L, Cohen JA (2007). Feasibility and Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Preschool Children: Two Case Reports. Journal of Traumatic Stress 20(4), 631-636.

Dalton, R, Scheeringa, MS, Zeanah, CH (2008). Did the Prevalence of PTSD Following Hurricane Katrina Match A Rapid Needs Assessment Prediction? A Template for Future Public Planning After Large-Scale Disasters. Psychiatric Annals 38(2).

Drury SS, Scheeringa MS, Zeanah CH (2008). The Traumatic Impact Of Hurricane Katrina On Children In New Orleans. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America 17, 685-702.

Scheeringa MS, Zeanah CH (2008). Reconsideration of harm’s way: Onsets and comorbidity patterns of disorders in preschool children and their caregivers following Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 37(3), 508-518.

Drury SS, Theall KP, Keats BJB, Scheeringa MS (2009). The role of the dopamine transporter (DAT) in PTSD in preschool children.  Journal of Traumatic Stress 22,6, 534-539.

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.

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