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John Constantino, MD

Current Position
Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics

University Roles
Director, William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Co-Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

Education and Training
B.A.: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1984
Medical Degree: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1988
Residency: Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 1990
Residency: Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 1992
Fellowship: Child Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 1993
Research Fellow: Psychiatric Epidemiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1996

Major Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2002-present (Best Doctors, Inc) & Best Doctors of St. Louis, 2009-present (St. Louis Magazine)
Gubernational Appointment to the Mental Health Commission, State of Missouri, 2003-2007
Distinguished Service Teaching Award (Clinical Teacher of the Year) WUSM, 2003
Child Advocate of the Year, St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2007
Guardian Angel Award, Family Support Network, St. Louis Missouri, 2008
Irving Philips Award for Prevention (Health Promotion and Prevention Committee), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2014
George Tarjan Award, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2015

Areas of Clinical Interest
Disorders of social development in children (infancy through early adulthood) including autism, abnormally aggressive behavior, personality disorder; psychiatric complications of neurodevelopmental disorders; treatment-refractory child psychiatric conditions.

Areas of Research Interests
1) the influence of genetic and environmental influences on childhood social development;
2) the genetic structure of autism spectrum disorders;
3) the prevention of child maltreatment and its consequences;
4) the intergenerational transmission of attachment

More articles and abstracts at the National Library of Medicine

Key Publications
Constantino JN, Kennon-McGill S, Weichselbaum C, Marrus N, Haider A, Glowinski AL, Gillespie S, Klaiman C, Klin A, Jones W, (2017 07). Infant viewing of social scenes is under genetic control and is atypical in autism. Nature. 547(7663): 340-344.  Full Article ->

Morris SM, Acosta MT, Garg S, Green J, Huson S, Legius E, North KN, Payne JM, Plasschaert E, Frazier TW, Weiss LA, Zhang Y, Gutmann DH, Constantino JN, (2016 Dec). Disease Burden and Symptom Structure of Autism in Neurofibromatosis Type 1: A Study of the International NF1-ASD Consortium Team (INFACT). JAMA Psychiatry. 73(12): 1276-1284.  Full Article ->

Constantino JN, Ben-David V, Navsaria N, Spiegel TE, Glowinski AL, Rogers CE, Jonson-Reid M, (2016 06). Two-Generation Psychiatric Intervention in the Prevention of Early Childhood Maltreatment Recidivism. Am J Psychiatry. 173(6): 566-73.  Full Article ->

Constantino JN, (2016 Apr). Child Maltreatment Prevention and the Scope of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 25(2): 157-65.  Full Article ->

Constantino JN, Charman T, (2016 Mar). Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder: reconciling the syndrome, its diverse origins, and variation in expression. Lancet Neurol. 15(3): 279-91.  Full Article ->

Constantino JN, Zhang Y, Abbacchi A, Frazier TW and Law P, (2010 Nov). Sibling recurrence and the genetic epidemiology of autism. American Journal of Psychiatry  Full Article ->

Funded Research Projects
Administration for Children and Families (Co-PI)
Buffering Toxic Stress: Novel Application of Intensive Group-based Parent Training

Missouri Department of Mental Health (PI): Autism Spectrum Disorder Wait list Reduction and Training Services

CDC (PI): Metropolitan St. Louis Autism & Developmental Disabilities Surveillance & Epidemiology

NIMH (Co- PI): ACE Network: A Comprehensive Approach to the Identification of Autism Susceptibility Genes

NICHD (PI): Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

NICHD (PI): Sex Specific Modulation of ASD liability: compensatory mechanisms and recurrence (IDDRC)

St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund (PI): Comprehensive Approach to Unmet Mental Health Needs of Preschool Children in Foster Care, Phase 1

NICHD (PI): Early Quantitative Characterization of Reciprocal Social Behavior

CDC (PI): Missouri Autism Centers of Excellence Collaborative Study to Explore Early Development