Constantino, Luby receive awards from child psychiatry academy

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has honored two child psychiatrists at Washington University School of Medicine.


John N. Constantino, MD, the Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, received the organization’s 2015 George Tarjan Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities. Joan L. Luby, MD, the Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Child Psychiatry, was awarded the AACAP’s Irving Phillips Award for Prevention.

Constantino directs the William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at the School of Medicine. He was recognized for his work in determining risk and mechanisms of inherited susceptibility in the autism spectrum disorders. The Tarjan Award recognizes significant contributions to the understanding or care of those with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.


Luby was recognized for her work with very young children who have depression. Her research includes brain-imaging studies that may point to treatment windows during particular stages of brain development.

The Phillips Award was established in honor of Irving Phillips, MD, who served as the AACAP president from 1985-87 and was well-known for his work in the field of prevention. Both awards were presented in October at the academy’s annual meeting in San Antonio.