Charles H. Zeanah, Jr, MD

Executive Director

Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is Sellars-Polchow Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He serves as Executive Director of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. He also directs the Tulane Infant Team, a community-based intervention program for abused and neglected infants and toddlers in the New Orleans area. He has a longstanding interest in Infant Mental Health, and his research and clinical interests concern the effects of adverse early experiences on the development of young children, attachment and its development in high-risk environments, psychopathology in early childhood, and infant-parent relationships. He has published numerous scientific papers and book chapters on these topics. He is the editor of the Handbook of Infant Mental Health, published in three editions by Guilford Press, and co-author with Charles Nelson and Nathan Fox of Romania’s Abandoned Children: Deprivation, Brain Development and the Struggle for Recovery, published by Harvard Press. He serves as a Board Member of Zero to Three and is Visiting Professor at the University of Bucharest and the University of Glasgow.