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

  • June 21, 2017

    A Mobile-Phone Modality to Prevent Teenage Depression?

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    One year after nondepressed teens began 9 weeks of cognitive-behavioral therapy or a control program with similar time intensity, they remained nondepressed.

  • June 19, 2017

    Are Special Diets Useful for Autism?

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    A systematic review found little support but did not examine evidence for supplementation with folinic acid or vitamin D or some positive data on omega-3 fatty acids.

  • June 9, 2017

    Do PANDAS Really Exist?

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    After both streptococcal and other infections, children had higher risks for obsessive-compulsive disorder, tics, and any mental disorder in a Danish population and sibling study.

  • May 26, 2017

    Do Mothers' Eating Disorders Affect Their Newborns and Infants?

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    Infants of eating-disordered mothers had various autonomic, language, and motor impairments during their first year of life.

  • May 18, 2017

    A Future Treatment for Autism?

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    In a study of primates, combined oxytocin and naloxone had greater effects on mutual gaze and social interaction than the summed effects of either drug alone.

  • May 4, 2017

    A Little Bit of Therapy Goes a Long Way

    1. Barbara Geller, MD

    In children aged 8 to 17 with anxiety and depressive disorders, a brief primary care intervention resulted in greater improvement than referrals for specialty care.