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Dr. Theodore Cicero

Dr. Ted Cicero joined the Department in 1970 as an assistant professor of psychiatry. He became a full professor in 1978. In 1992, he was appointed to the position of Vice Chair for Research in the department of psychiatry. In 1996, he was appointed to the senior administrative position of Vice Chancellor for Research of Washington University and held that position through 2006. Dr. Cicero’s early research focused on the endogenous opioid system as well as hypothalamic-pituitary functioning. Some of his work helped establish the field of epigenetics - the study of environmental influences on genetic processes. Later in his career, Dr. Cicero studied post-marketing surveillance programs related to the use of opioid medications. This work has led to a better understanding of heroin abuse in various demographic groups. Dr. Cicero was named the John P. Feighner Professor in Neuropsychopharmacology in 2015