Rogers named director of the division of child psychiatry – Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

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Recognized for his work on brain development in premature babies

Washington University School of Medicine

Cynthia E. Rogers, MDwas named the new Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the William Greenleaf Eliot Child and adolescent psychiatry service at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His appointment was announced by Eric J. Lenze, MD, Professor Wallace and Lucille Renard and Head of the Department of Psychiatry. She started in her new role on August 1.

“Dr. Rogers is a nationally recognized leader in the study of infant and child brain development and how it is influenced by factors such as poverty and mental illness in the family,” said said Lenze, “She is also an exceptional clinical leader who has created innovative services that help thousands of families in St. Louis.”

“I am very honored to lead one of the nation’s premier divisions of child psychiatry,” Rogers said. “I look forward to working with our partners at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine to strengthen our commitment to children in our community by expanding clinical services through growth and collaboration with partners.” communities, while continuing our excellence in conducting seminal research in the field and training the next generation of child psychiatrists.

As Division Director, Rogers will oversee the School of Medicine’s clinical and research efforts in child psychiatry. She will also become chief child psychiatrist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Rogers directs the Perinatal Behavioral Health Service in the Department of Psychiatry. She is also the director of the Neonatal Behavioral Health Clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where she provides care for infants born prematurely who develop psychiatric problems. She is Associate Director of the Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Center (IDDRC). She was also Associate Director of the Washington University Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity.

His research focuses on social determinants of health studies of infant brain development. She has also conducted brain imaging studies on newborns to identify patterns of connections between brain regions and determine whether these patterns predict the likelihood that babies will develop sadness, shyness, nervousness, or anxiety. excessive separation. In addition, she is one of the principal investigators of the Healthy Brain and Child Development Study, which attempts to identify differences in the brains of newborns whose mothers have mental health problems, live in poverty, consume drugs or live with other stressors compared to newborns. whose mothers are not exposed to such stressors.

Rogers is beginning a three-year term as an Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Fellow, a program that involves 10 scholars chosen by the National Academy of Medicine to address topics shaping the future of health and medicine.

She has been selected twice, in 2014 and 2018, to receive the Outstanding Mentor Award from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She also, in 2012 and 2019, received the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Prize for research on depression or suicide. In 2019, she received the Dr. John M. Anderson Mental Health Excellence Award from the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund.

She is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles, serves on the editorial boards of the journal Biological Psychiatry and is associate editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Rogers is a member of the latter academy, the Society for Neuroscience and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Rogers earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1998 from Harvard College. She worked as a research assistant in a post-traumatic stress disorder program in San Francisco before enrolling in medical school at the University of Washington, where she received her medical degree in 2005. She also completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry before joining the faculty in 2010.

Rogers succeeds John N. Constantino, MD, who joined the medical school at Emory School of Medicine as chief of behavioral and mental health care at Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta.

About Washington University School of Medicine

WashU Medicine is a world leader in academic medicine, including biomedical research, patient care, and educational programs with 2,700 faculty. Its National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding portfolio is the fourth largest among U.S. medical schools, has grown 54% over the past five years, and with institutional investment, WashU Medicine is spending more a billion dollars a year for basic and clinical research. innovation and training. Its faculty practice consistently ranks among the top five in the nation, with more than 1,790 faculty physicians practicing at more than 60 sites who are also on the medical staff of Barnes-Jew and St. Louis Children’s hospitals of BJC Healthcare. WashU Medicine has a rich history of MD/PhD training, recently dedicated $100 million in scholarships and curriculum renewal for its medical students, and is home to top-notch training programs in every medical subspecialty as well as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and audiology and communication sciences.


Lillian L. Pena