Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., M.D.
Dr. Zeanah is Sellars Polchow Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is also the Executive Director, Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.
Board Member, ZERO TO THREE; Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; World Association for Infant Mental Health; Society for Research in Child Development; Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines.
Contributions to the Field
Dr. Zeanah is widely recognized for his leadership in the field of infant mental health, especially in understanding infants' development in the context of infant-parent relationships in high- and low-risk families. His work includes a major interest in infant-parent attachment and in internal representations of attachment in infants and parents.
Dr. Zeanah has a longstanding interest in psychopathology in infancy and early childhood. This includes research on disturbances and disorders of attachment, post-traumatic symptomatology in young children, and the effects of serious deprivation on infant development, as well as interventions to address these problems.
Recent Honor/Awards/Recognition/Books Published
Dr. Zeanah is the recipient of many awards, including the most recent: Blanche F. Ittelson Award for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2009), Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; Presidential Citation for Distinguished Research and Leadership in Infant Mental Health (2007) from American Orthopsychiatric Association; and Irving Phillips Award for Prevention (2006) from American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Zeanah is widely published in books and journals. He is particularly well known for his Handbook of Infant Mental Health (3rd Edition in 2009) and has served as presenter for over 200 invited addresses worldwide.