Editor Profile

Barbara Geller, MD

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Journal Watch Psychiatry Board

Barbara Geller, MD, is Professor Emerita of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. She is internationally recognized for research into pediatric bipolar disorders and was principal investigator on multiple NIMH-funded grants. Among her awards were the Cummings Special Research Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Dr. Geller served on numerous federal advisory committees and published more than 130 articles on childhood manic-depressive disorders. She has been writing for NEJM Journal Watch Psychiatry since 1997, specializing in articles on child psychiatry and neuroscience.

Dr. Geller has no disclosures.

Summaries by Barbara Geller

  • April 29, 2016

    Does Cause of Parental Death in Childhood Affect Later Risk for Depression?

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    Risks were greatest after parental deaths from suicides, accidents, or homicides and were higher when preschoolers versus teenagers experienced the loss.

  • April 25, 2016

    Does Neurofeedback Work for ADHD?

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    A meta-analysis shows no significant effects in studies using blinded raters or in those with sham or active control treatments.

  • April 15, 2016

    Do Prenatal Viral Infections Harm Multiple Generations?

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    In an animal model, immune activation in a period corresponding to human first-trimester pregnancy impaired offspring's behavior and produced differential gene expression across three generations via paternal lineage.

  • March 24, 2016

    Prenatal SSRIs Can Lead to Adolescent Depression

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    The rate of depression is 400% higher in exposed offspring during early adolescence compared with the rate in nonexposed offspring of depressed women.

  • March 17, 2016

    ADHD Treatment Helps Depression

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    Treatment with stimulants lowered the risk for new onset of depression, but the effect of atomoxetine remains unknown.

  • March 15, 2016

    Too Much Homework, Too Much ADHD?

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    Academic burden during the preschool years has markedly increased over the same period as increased diagnoses of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, although causality has not been proved.

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