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SriniVas R. Sadda MD
Henry A. Nasrallah, MD
Sydney W. Souers Professor
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Saint Louis University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

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Henry A. Nasrallah, MD, is Sydney W. Souers Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Saint Louis School of Medicine, Missouri. He completed his bachelor’s and medical degrees at the American University of Beirut. Following a psychiatric residency at the University of Rochester, New York, and a fellowship in neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health, he served as chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Ohio State University, Columbus. He then served as Associate Dean at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio, before assuming the chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, St. Louis University.

Dr. Nasrallah’s research focuses on the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of psychotic disorders. He has received more than 90 research grants.

Dr. Nasrallah is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and has served as President of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation, the Cincinnati Psychiatric Society, and the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists. He is currently the President-Elect of the Missouri Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Nasrallah has published 390 scientific articles, 450 abstracts, 135 editorials, and 12 books. He is Editor-in-Chief of Schizophrenia Research and Current Psychiatry. He has twice received the NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award and was chosen as the Teacher of the Year by the Psychiatric Times. He was named by Thomas Reuthers as one of the world’s most cited investigators. Dr. Nasrallah is listed in all editions of the Best Doctors in America book.


John Lauriello, MD
John Lauriello, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Robert J. Douglas, M.D. and Betty Douglas Distinguished Faculty Scholar in Psychiatry
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

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John Lauriello, MD, received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in New Haven, CT; completed medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA; and completed his residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York, NY. He completed fellowships focused on psychopharmacology and psychobiology at the University of California San Diego and Stanford University.

In June 2009, Dr. Lauriello became only the third permanent chair of the University of Missouri Department of Psychiatry in its 50-year history. Dr. Lauriello holds the Robert J. Douglas MD and Betty Douglas Distinguished Faculty Scholar in Psychiatry. Under his leadership he has overseen a major expansion of the department including the opening of the University of Missouri Psychiatric Center; formerly an acute care state facility; it is widely regarded as the psychiatric center of excellence for the mid-Missouri region.

Prior to coming to the University of Missouri, Dr. Lauriello was the clinical vice chair at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and executive medical director of the UNM Psychiatric Center. At UNM, he directed the Schizophrenia Research Group, which focused on clinical trials and neuroimaging, and served as a UNM site principal investigator for the Mental Illness and Neuroscience Discovery (MIND) Institute, a consortium of universities, schools of medicine, and brain research institutions and laboratories in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New Mexico.

Dr. Lauriello remains an active expert and investigator in the area of diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia. He is an author/co-author of over 100 publications and is a frequent presenter at national meetings. His recent awards include the 2011 Drs. M. Page and Henry Laughlin Alumnus of the Year Award, the highest alumni honor presented by the Temple University School of Medicine, and had been voted one of the Best Doctors in America® from 1998 to 2016. He was elected to the America College of Psychiatrists in 2014.

Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH
Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH, obtained her undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Maryland, and her master of public health from the University of North Carolina (UNC). She is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. Her clinical and research efforts have focused on schizophrenia, in particular, understanding the mechanisms underlying the emergence of psychosis, with over a 150 related peer-reviewed publications in this area.

Dr. Perkins is a principal investigator of the UNC NAPLS (North American Psychosis-Risk Longitudinal Study) study, a collaborative multisite NIMH funded investigation of the predictors and mechanisms of the development of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders in persons experiencing high-risk symptoms. Her research interests focus on discovering biomarkers for schizophrenia risk that can enhance prediction and shed light on the biological pathways that contribute to the development of schizophrenia.

In addition to her research, Dr. Perkins is a practicing psychiatrist. A decade ago she founded OASIS, “Outreach and Support Intervention Services”, a UNC clinical program that focuses on the prevention of disability from schizophrenia by early and effective intervention. She finds that clinical work in the OASIS program are a continuous reminder of the need to find interventions that improve the lives of persons recovering from schizophrenia, or that prevent the development of schizophrenia.

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