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Natasha Marrus, MD, PhD

Current Position
Instructor in Psychiatry (Child)

University Roles
Attending, School Consultation Clinic at Washington University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic

Attending, Child Development Center, Grace Hill Soulard-Benton Clinic

Education and Training
BS in Biological Sciences: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1999

BA in Spanish: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1999

PhD in Neuroscience: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2007

Medical Degree: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2007

Residency: General Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2010

Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2012

Major Awards
Eli Robins Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychiatry, in Teaching, and in Research, 2012

Chief Resident, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Summer 2011-present

Educational Outreach Program Travel Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2009

Autism and Intellectual Disability Committee, Trainee member, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2009-2011

Ruth and William Silen, M.D. Award, New England Science Symposium 2005

Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

Areas of Clinical Interest
Child and adolescent psychiatry, autism, pervasive developmental disorder, developmental disability, early childhood development, school consultation


Areas of Research Interests
Autism, development of language and social cognition, social motivation, emotion regulation in early childhood, biomarkers of child psychiatric disorders, neuroimaging


Key Publications
Marrus N, Faughn C, Shuman J, Petersen SE, Constantino JN, Povinelli DJ, Pruett JR Jr (2011 May). Initial description of a quantitative, cross-species (chimpanzee-human) social responsiveness measure. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 50(5): 508-18.  Full Article ->

Viquez NM, Füger P, Valakh V, Daniels RW, Rasse TM, DiAntonio A (2009 Sep 16). PP2A and GSK-3beta act antagonistically to regulate active zone development. J Neurosci. 29(37): 11484-94.  Full Article ->

Viquez NM, Li CR, Wairkar YP, DiAntonio A (2006 Sep 6). The B' protein phosphatase 2A regulatory subunit well-rounded regulates synaptic growth and cytoskeletal stability at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. J Neurosci. 26(36): 9293-303.  Full Article ->

Hasbani MJ, Viquez NM, Goldberg MP (2001 Aug 28). NMDA receptors mediate hypoxic spine loss in cultured neurons. Neuroreport. 12(12): 2731-5.  Full Article ->


Funded Research Projects
McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience Grant, “Infant Social Dynamics,” co-Principal Investigator