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John R. Pruett Jr., MD, PhD

Current Position
Associate Professor, Psychiatry (Child)

Specialty Areas
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Patients Seen At
4444 Forest Park Ave., Suite 2600
St. Louis, MO  63108
(314) 286-1700
Fax:   (314) 286-1777
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Mailing Address
Department of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8134
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Autism: early diagnosis (age 1-3)

Areas of Research Interest
The neuroscience of autism and related disorders, social cognition, and comparative cognition

Board Certification
Psychiatry -- Certified
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry -- Certified

Medical Education
B.A.: Biology (Neurophysiology), Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1990
M.D., Ph.D. : Systems Neuroscience, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2000
Residency: Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2003
Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri , 2005
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St Louis Children's Hospital

Awards and Honors
Board Member, Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment (MO-FEAT), 2010

Awarded AACAP Program Committee Junior Faculty Travel Scholarship to attend the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Annual Meeting, October 27-November 1, 2009

Promoted to full membership in Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 2009

Awarded Position at the 9th Annual “Future Leaders in Psychiatry Meeting” Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta GA, May 2007

Elected to membership in The Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society, 2003

The Eli Robins Award, for Excellence in Clinical Psychiatry, in Teaching, and in Research, Washington University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, 2003

NIMH Outstanding Resident Award winner, 2002

Finalist: The 22nd Annual James L. O'Leary Prizes for Research in Neuroscience. Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, 1999

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Lewis JD, Evans AC, Pruett JR, Botteron K, Zwaigenbaum L, Estes A, Gerig G, Collins L, Kostopoulos P, McKinstry R, Dager S, Paterson S, Schultz RT, Styner M, Hazlett H, Piven J. Network inefficiencies in autism spectrum disorder at 24 months. Transl Psychiatry. 2014 May 6;4:e388.

Greene DJ, Laumann TO, Dubis JW, Ihnen SK, Neta M, Power JD, Pruett JR Jr, Black KJ, Schlaggar BL. Developmental changes in the organization of functional connections between the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex. J Neurosci. 2014 Apr 23;34(17):5842-54.

Pruett JR Jr. BAP: not-quite-autism in infants. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 Apr;53(4):392-4.

Feczko E, Shulman GL, Petersen SE, Pruett JR Jr. Interactions between concentric form-from-structure and face perception revealed by visual masking but not adaptation. J Vis. 2014 Feb 21;14(2). pii: 15.

Pruett JR Jr, Hoertel S, Constantino JN, Moll AL, McVey K, Squire E, Feczko E, Povinelli DJ, Petersen SE. Impaired eye region search accuracy in children with autistic spectrum disorders. PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e58167.

Bryant L, Coffey A, Povinelli DJ, Pruett JR Jr. Theory of Mind experience sampling in typical adults. Conscious Cogn. 2013 Sep;22(3):697-707.

Feczko E, Miezin FM, Constantino JN, Schlaggar BL, Petersen SE, Pruett JR Jr. The hemodynamic response in children with Simplex Autism. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2012 Oct;2(4):396-408.

Pruett JR Jr, LaMacchia A, Hoertel S, Squire E, McVey K, Todd RD, Constantino JN, Petersen SE. Social and non-social cueing of visuospatial attention in autism and typical development. J Autism Dev Disord. 2011 Jun;41(6):715-31.

Marrus N, Faughn C, Shuman J, Petersen SE, Constantino JN, Povinelli DJ, Pruett JR Jr. Initial description of a quantitative, cross-species (chimpanzee-human) social responsiveness measure. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2011 May;50(5):508-18.

Dosenbach NU, Nardos B, Cohen AL, Fair DA, Power JD, Church JA, Nelson SM, Wig GS, Vogel AC, Lessov-Schlaggar CN, Barnes KA, Dubis JW, Feczko E, Coalson RS, Pruett JR Jr, Barch DM, Petersen SE, Schlaggar BL. Prediction of individual brain maturity using fMRI. Science. 2010 Sep 10;329(5997):1358-61.

Tandon M, Pruett JR Jr. An overview of the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents. Mo Med. 2008 Jan-Feb;105(1):79-84; quiz 84-5. Review.

Pruett JR, Rizvi ST. A16-year-old girl with excited catatonia treated with low-dose oral Lorazepam. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2005 Dec;15(6):1005-10.

Pruett JR Jr, Sinclair RJ, Burton H. Neural correlates for roughness choice in monkey second somatosensory cortex (SII). J Neurophysiol. 2001 Oct;86(4):2069-80.

Pruett JR Jr, Sinclair RJ, Burton H. Response patterns in second somatosensory cortex (SII) of awake monkeys to passively applied tactile gratings. J Neurophysiol. 2000 Aug;84(2):780-97.

Burton H, Sinclair RJ, Hong SY, Pruett JR Jr, Whang KC. Tactile-spatial and cross-modal attention effects in the second somatosensory and 7b cortical areas of rhesus monkeys. Somatosens Mot Res. 1997;14(4):237-67.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. John R. Pruett, Jr.

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