Joan L. Luby

Joan L. Luby, MD

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Specializes In
  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Psychiatry
Languages Spoken
  • English


Sees Patients For

Mood disorders in preschool children: diagnosis and treatment, developmental psychopathology, mental disorders in preschool children, Dyadic Play Therapy for preschool mood disorders, and preschool psychiatry. Currently only accepting patients under age 5.

Hospital Affiliations

  • St. Louis Children's Hospital



Board Certifications

  • Child Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Academic Title(s)

Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Professor of Child Psychiatry
Director, Early Emotional Development Program

Research Interests

Studies of early onset depression, validators, clinical characteristics, biological markers and alterations in brain structure and function related to early onset depression; Psychotherapeutic treatments for early onset depression focusing on emotion development; Studies of early experience and brain development; Studies of alterations in emotion development in early onset mood disorders; Novel treatments for early onset depression focused on attention bias; and sensitive periods in emotion development.

Publications & Research

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1990 Child Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California


1988 Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California

Medical Degree

1985 Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan


1981 Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island