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Shannon Lenze, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Education and Training
1995: B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, Graduated Cum Laude

2003: M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2007: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2007-2009: NIMH Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Center for Mental Health Services Research, Washington University in St. Louis. St. Louis, MO

2009-2010: NIMH Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Areas of Clinical Interest
Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Adults


Areas of Research Interests
The goal of my research is to integrate clinical and developmental approaches to treatment of perinatal depression that maximizes outcomes for both mothers and infants. Additionally, I am interested in examining key topics such as: 1) When and with whom should treatment be initiated to improve both maternal and infant outcomes? and 2) How can we apply advances in understanding neurobiological consequences of early experiences to treatment development?


Key Publications
Rogers CE, Lenze SN, Luby JL (2013 Mar). Late preterm birth, maternal depression, and risk of preschool psychiatric disorders. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 52(3): 309-18.  Full Article ->

Luby J, Lenze S, Tillman R (2012 Mar). A novel early intervention for preschool depression: findings from a pilot randomized controlled trial. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 53(3): 313-22.  Full Article ->

Lenze SN, Pautsch J, Luby J (2011 Feb). Parent-child interaction therapy emotion development: a novel treatment for depression in preschool children. Depress Anxiety. 28(2): 153-9.  Full Article ->

Curtis McMillen J, Lenze SL, Hawley KM, Osborne VA (2009 Sep). Revisiting practice-based research networks as a platform for mental health services research. Adm Policy Ment Health. 36(5): 308-21.  Full Article ->

Lenze SN, Cyranowski JM, Thompson WK, Anderson B, Frank E (2008 Dec). The cumulative impact of nonsevere life events predicts depression recurrence during maintenance treatment with interpersonal psychotherapy. J Consult Clin Psychol. 76(6): 979-87.  Full Article ->

Lenze SN, Xiong C, Sheline YI (2008 Jan 15). Childhood adversity predicts earlier onset of major depression but not reduced hippocampal volume. Psychiatry Res. 162(1): 39-49.  Full Article ->


Funded Research Projects
NIMH(PI):Perinatal Depression: Dyadic-IPT to Improve Health of Mother and Baby