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Emory School of Medicine welcomes new leader in children’s behavioral and mental health
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John Constantino, MD, is joining Emory University School of Medicine as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics. Constantino will serve as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s first system chief of Behavioral and Mental Health, leading efforts to address the growing epidemic of behavioral and mental health issues in children and adolescents in Georgia.

Constantino comes to Children’s and Emory from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he served as the Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as Psychiatrist-in-Chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Constantino has developed a clinical and scientific program focused on understanding genetic and environmental influences on disorders of social development in childhood, and their implications for treatment and preventive intervention.

“I’m not only joining Children’s as a chief, but I’m also joining Emory’s nationally-leading university as a professor and a wonderful community as an enthusiastic member. I see it as the highest aspiration to marshal our resources to protect childhood and to ensure healthy mind and brain development for life,” says Constantino.

Over the course of his tenure as Division Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in St. Louis, Constantino chaired the Mental Health Commission of the State of Missouri, published results from a series of clinical innovations in child mental health pioneered in the Division and received the Irving Philips Award for lifetime achievement in prevention from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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